A day after BSP chief Mayawati vowed to crack down on criminals if voted to power in Uttar Pradesh, the BJP raked up scams during her previous tenure and said that she had “run her past governments in the company of criminals and is still keeping them with her”.
“Mayawati has no moral right to claim that she will send them (criminals) behind the bars when she returns to power,” BJP national secretary Shrikant Sharma said in a statement that claimed that “the Rs 8500-crore National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) scam during her tenure showcases the story of corruption under her”.
“There were scams in police recruitment, sugar factory, Taj corridor…the BSP is an alliance of criminals and the corrupt and it is ridiculous on her part to say that she will put criminals behind bars,” he said.
Sharma also questioned her commitment to the cause of the Dalits by claiming that there were maximum cases of atrocities during her rule in Uttar Pradesh. He said that over 30,000 cases of atrocities against Dalits were registered between 2008 and May 2011 during her tenure, and 30 per cent cases of Dalit killings in the country were reported from UP.
Mayawati, Sharma said, was overlooking Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pro-Dalit work as it would result in the loss of “market rate” of BSP tickets for UP Assembly polls.
Citing police’s failure to take action against BSP leader Naseemuddin Siddiqui for making derogatory remarks against the wife and daughter former BJP leader Dayashankar Singh, Sharma alleged that this was proof of a nexus between the SP and the BSP. “BJP wants to assure the people of UP that criminals and the corrupt will be forced to leave their activity or the state if it comes to power as it will take strong action against them,” he said.