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Maya at home: Talks of closing kala bank accounts abroad

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati regaled two election rallies with her promises on Monday,underscoring each time the need to bring back the ‘black money’ political leaders of various parties have deposited in foreign banks.

Written by Sanjay Singh | Rajgarh (mirzapur),kanpur |
April 14, 2009 1:46:39 am

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati regaled two election rallies with her promises on Monday,underscoring each time the need to bring back the ‘black money’ political leaders of various parties have deposited in foreign banks.

Countering her bete noire Mulayam Singh’s frequent jibes about her kala dhan,Mayawati said at a rally in Rajgarh,Mirzapur that she was ready to face any punishment if the Opposition could show she had opened bank accounts abroad.

And if she was voted to the Centre,all accounts abroad would be closed,she said.

Mayawati said: “When Mulayam says Mayawati ka kala dhan jarur laya jayega,he is misleading the people.” “Anya netaon ka jarur dhan hain. If I am at the Centre,it will make a law to bring back black money,” she added.

Interspersed throughout her speech was her old slogan: “Chadh gundan ki chhati par,muhar lagegi hathi par”. This indicated her growing concern to restore her image as a “good administrator” in the wake of her decision to field several don-turned-politicians.

She assured the people her government would not tolerate the looting of booths during elections.

Her meeting in Rajgarh is significant because she denied tickets to her party’s sitting MPs of both constituencies here — Mirzapur and Robertsganj.

In place of Ramesh Dubey in Mirzapur,she has fielded Anil Kumar Maurya who is MLA from Rajgarh while she selected Ramchandra Tyagi,a BAMCEF activist,to replace sitting MP Bhai Lal Kol for Robertsganj.

Mayawati said: “Unlike the last MP who spent most of his time in Mumbai,I have chosen someone (Tyagi) who can remain in your constituency.” Denied a ticket,Ramesh Dubey is fighting for the Congress. Mayawati also touched upon the trifurcation of the state.

“I had demanded the Centre grant status to Poorvanchal,Bundelkhand and Western UP,” she said.

She also repeated old issues like the UPA government’s refusal to provide a special package for the development of the state,reservation of poor among upper castes etc. However,she did not promise much to these regions.

Voters are not surprised here. “Everybody assures. Karta kaun hai?” said Bharat Chauhan of Bagh Pokhar village,Robertsganj. Muhammad Ramzan from Vijaypur village said development issuels like irrigational facilities is no longer an issue.

“There are only caste equations behind the success of candidates here,” he said.

In Kanpur,addressing a gathering of over 70,000 at Attra under Banda district,Mayawati said much the same thing.

Out of the four Lok Sabha seats of the Bundelkhand region,Samajwadi Party had won three seats (Hamirpur,Banda,Jhansi) last elections,whereas the BJP won from Jalaun.

With her intention clear,Mayawati criticised all political parties present in the region as ineffective.

After the elimination of dacoits Shiv Kumar alias ‘Dadua’ and Ambika Patel or ‘Thokia’,there is a possibility that the Kurmi and Patel votes will drift away from the BSP this time. Both dacoits of the Bundelkhand region had been killed in separate encounters under the BSP.

Keeping that in mind,Mayawati also asked those at large to surrender.

She said,“If dacoits want to return to a normal life,they will have to surrender and face legal action.”

Mayawati also reminded the gathering of the several projects her government has initiated in the Bundelkhand region — on irrigation,the construction of a medical training college and university etc.

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