Mayawati Says BSP is Ahead in UP Polls, Takes on Modi for Jio Ad
Mayawati’s comments coments come after Swami Prasad Maurya, R K Chaudhary and Brajesh Pathak quit the BSP.
Reeling under recent desertions by a number of former loyalists, BSP chief Mayawati claimed her party was ‘way ahead of others’ in Uttar Pradesh in the run up to the 2017 polls, but alleged that SP, BJP and Congress had reached a tacit understanding to create an impression that the party was in trouble.
There have been instances of some disgruntled elements, upset over the party’s refusal to accommodate their family members, quitting the BSP. They lost no time in making the allegation that in our party, tickets for contesting elections are being sold.Mayawati, President, Bahujan Samaj Party
Interestingly, her comments come against the backdrop of veteran leaders Swami Prasad Maurya, R K Chaudhary and Brajesh Pathak quitting the BSP in the recent past.
Mayawati criticised the recent newspaper advertisements by a private telecom company using the Prime Minister’s photograph, alleging that Modi was benefitting big business houses by ‘snatching away land of the poor, waiving loans worth billions and making state-owned companies suffer to allow private ones to flourish.’
She also termed as ‘fake’, a pre-poll survey which projected that her party would end up third, way behind the ruling SP and the resurgent BJP, if assembly polls were held in the state today.
She also claimed that the BJP’s repeated assertion that it saw the ruling SP as its only challenger in the state was ‘a dangerous trick aimed at communally polarising UP ahead of the assembly election.’
Furthermore, she took potshots at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said that the people of Varanasi had voted for him with high hopes but now have to contend with an MP ‘who does not care about them even when floods in the ancient temple town have submerged abodes of humans and gods alike.’ Prime Minister’s photograph, alleging that Modi was benefitting big business houses by ‘snatching away land of the poor, waiving loans worth billions and making state-owned companies suffer to allow private ones to flourish.’
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