BSP supremo Mayawati termed the Tuesday’s Cabinet expansion by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as an “electoral drama” before the Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand and said giving “minor positions” to “a couple of leaders from the deprived sections” will not ameliorate the lot of those communities.
“The expansion of the Narendra Modi ministry carried out today is nothing but a drama enacted especially before Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. Previous Congress governments had enacted a similar drama…BJP is merely following Congress,” Mayawati said in a statement.
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“After more than two years, giving some minor positions to a couple of leaders from the deprived and weaker sections will not have any impact on the lot of these communities nor will it improve their social and economic condition,” the former chief minister said, adding it requires concrete and dedicated steps to uplift them but the Modi government was not concerned about it.
In the second expansion of his government, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday inducted 19 new faces, including three from UP. They include two women MPs, one of them a Dalit and the other an OBC.
Mayawati alleged that since the Modi government has worked only for capitalists and neglected the poor, farmers, Dalits, backwards and Muslims in its two years years in office, it has created hype about the expansion of the Union Council of Ministers. She said Modi’s claim that expansion has been undertaken to give stress on the points, which were focus of the union budget, is “misleading” and the exercise has in fact been taken up keeping in mind approaching Assembly polls in various states.
Referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s interaction with media a day ago, Mayawati said he has himself admitted that his government has not lived up to people’s expectations of controlling inflation and reducing unemployment.
She also contested Modi’s claim that development will be the agenda of his party in the UP polls and not caste or religion, saying the past record of BJP proved otherwise “as its development agenda has been limited to only that of capitalists”.
Mayawati said the PM should come clean on the serious charge of writing off Rs 200-crore fine imposed on Adani group by the forest and environment ministry.