Describing BSP chief Mayawati’s rally in Allahabad as “a flop show”, BJP state president Keshav Prasad Maurya on Sunday accused her of appeasing Muslims and ignoring upper castes in the run-up to the UP polls next year. Speaking to mediapersons at the party state headquarters, Maurya said on 137 Assembly seats, Mayawati has given tickets to people from minority communities. “What message does she want to communicate? Is there no one left in Uttar Pradesh?” Maurya asked, adding that the BSP chief has understood that her party was losing its vote bank.
Maurya said while Mayawati raises the slogan of ‘Sarvjan Hitay Sarvjan Sukhay’, BSP leader Satish Chandra Mishra was not asked to take a seat along with her in the rally held in Allahabad on Sunday. “Her behaviour showcases policy the of ‘Ek Jan Hitay, Ek Jan Sukhaye’,” he claimed. Later, when asked whether BJP will offer a “chair” to Mishra, Maurya said the party would consider if he (Mishra) wishes so.
“It appears that she is worried about the popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Hence, she did not take the name of her ‘bhatija’ Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav in her speech and instead took the name of the PM several times,” said Maurya. “Mayawati did not speak against Akhilesh because she wants to protect BSP general secretary Naseemuddin Siddiqui and other party leaders, who were ministers in her government and have faced corruption probes by Lokayukta,” he added.