Taunting Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav for his claim that the Samajwadi Party government has fulfilled all the promises it had made before the Assembly polls within three years of its tenure, BSP chief Mayawati on Sunday dared him to go for mid-term polls to reap the political benefit of fulfilled promises.
Addressing mediapersons at the BSP state headquarters in Lucknow, Mayawati said: “The head of the SP government is claiming that his government has fulfilled all poll promises in three years to hide the regime’s failures. This government’s performance has been very bad and painful. People have lost faith in the law and order and this government.”
“If SP government really believes that it has fulfilled all the election promises, it should try to reap its benefit and get fresh mandate by dissolving the assembly and getting fresh elections conducted,” she added.
Mayawati claimed that Akhilesh’s alleged statement, asking if he should become a policeman to control crime, shows his helplessness.
Accusing the state government of failing to bring development on ground, she said most development works, including the final outline for Metro rail in Lucknow — inaugurated by the SP government — were initiated by the previous BSP regime. The former state chief minister further said that Dalits are being exploited by this “casteist” regime.
Claiming that BJP and other Hindutva groups were trying to woo Dalits with their campaigns around the birth anniversary of B R Ambedkar, Mayawati said they will not succeed. “These sections have stayed with the BSP even during the last year’s Lok Sabha polls… Dalits will never go with the BJP. Many parties do such theatrics to attract Dalits but they can not be fooled,” she added.
She added that neither the Congress nor the BJP had worked for conferring Bharat Ratna on Ambedkar. “It was finally done during the V P Singh’s regime… The government has still not declared the house in Delhi — where Ambedkar breathed his last — as a national memorial,” added the BSP leader.
“The Centre’s silence on the demands of conferring Bharat Ratna to BSP founder Kanshi Ram — a follower of Ambedkar — for his work towards bringing about social change and economic liberation, shows its casteist mindset,” she alleged.
Claiming that Muslims and Christians were “sad and insecure” because BJP and other Hindu organisations keep targetting them, Mayawati said: “First US President Barack Obama had cautioned the PM over this, and now a Supreme Court judge has also done the same but the government, sadly, appears to be unmoved.”
She alleged that the NDA government, in its 10 months, has not made any serious effort towards fulfilling its promises made before the Lok Sabha polls and was only trying benefit businessmen and corporates.
Claiming that BSP was opposed to the recent changes in the land acquisition bill, Mayawati clarified that her party MPs did not take part in the march led by Congress president Sonia Gandhi, keeping in mind previous experiences.
A few years ago, when Sonia went to BSP office in Delhi to greet her on her birthday, Congress leaders in UP had tried to take advantage by spreading rumours that BSP was fighting elections with the Congress, she claimed.
Maya mocks akhilesh for promoting cycles
BSP chief Mayawati on Sunday ridiculed Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav for encouraging use of cycles, the election symbol of the ruling SP, drawing a spontaneous retort from the CM who said cycling is a healthy practice. “Akhilesh has nothing to do. If he does not ride cycle, what else will he do,” Mayawati told mediapersons in Lucknow.
To this, Akhilesh responded: “Cycling is good for health, she should know.” He added that Mayawati did not have any issue to raise and was, therefore, dabbling in non-issues. “People of the state have given us a chance to rule. She has no other issue left. Cycle is not of any one person. It’s for the old, young, everyone. Cycling is good for health. If you want to feel healthy throughout the day, you should also cycle,” Yadav said on the sidelines of the PMS convention in Lucknow.
Asked about her claim that the SP government was implementing schemes conceptualised during her tenure as chief minister, Akhilesh said: “She should ask the people — who have voted SP to power — whether the schemes were conceptualised by SP or BSP and whether they are new or old.”
Mayawati’s barb came on a day when Akhilesh awarded the winners of National Cycling Championship in Lucknow. Akhilesh said: “Cycling is good for health but if all bureaucrats start cycling, then people will accuse the government of publicising (its election symbol).”
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