On a day a five-member UP government committee probing the Saharanpur riots blamed administrative lapses and questioned BJP’s role, BSP chief Mayawati hit out at both the ruling Samajwadi Party government in the state and the BJP, accusing them of “connivance” in allowing communal tensions to spread.
She referred to the report of the committee, headed by UP minister Shivpal Yadav, as “khanapoorti” and alleged that it did not reveal the real facts.
Accusing SP and BJP of “milibhagat”, the BSP chief said: “The situation in UP was already poor under the Samajwadi Party’s rule. But it has deteriorated further ever since the BJP-led NDA came to power in the Centre.” She also pointed out that there was “peace” in Uttar Pradesh under her rule.
She also took a dig at PM Narendra Modi’s Independence Day speech. “It did not sound like the speech from a Pradhan Sewak. Instead, it sounded like a speech aimed at forthcoming Assembly polls in four states,” she said. Acknowledging that the new government was in its “early days”, Mayawati said though Modi had made a lot of promises before the polls, he was yet to begin delivering on them.
She also announced that her party would not enter into any alliance for upcoming Assembly elections in Haryana, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand and Maharashtra. She said BSP would not contest the September 13 by-election in the 11 constituencies in Uttar Pradesh and added that as a matter of policy, her party was not inclined to deploy all its energies and resources for 4-5 months to contest seats in a by-election and would instead focus on widening its base across the country.
Inducting former Congress MP from Haryana Dr Arvind Sharma into the BSP, Mayawati said if her party got a chance to form a government in the state, Sharma would be the CM.