Lucknow : Days after battling the bungalow controversy, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Saturday ruled out an alliance with any political party in the 2014 general elections and said her party will emerge as a force to reckon with in four of the five states where assembly elections will be held later this year and the Lok Sabha polls.
People in Uttar Pradesh are fed up with Samajwadi Party’s mis-rule and are yearning for a change, the BSP leader added.
On the upcoming state assembly elections in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Delhi, Mayawati said her party would emerge as a “balance of power” and will be crucial in government formations in all these states. Assembly elections will also be held in Mizoram, where the BSP doesn’t have a presence.
She termed the Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as parties that had grossly disappointed the aspirations of the people of India.
Mayawati said the infighting in the BJP will only help her party. Referring to senior BJP leader L.K. Advani, prime ministerial candidate Na-rendra Modi and BJP chief Rajnath Singh, the BSP leader said: “The troika of Advani-Modi-Rajnath are busy cutting each other and all this will reap rich dividends for the BSP.”
The former Uttar Pradesh chief minister hoped that with people’s support, the BSP will emerge as the No.1 party in the Lok Sabha polls in the state. She also accused the SP-BJP of having an “illicit understanding” to foment communal passions in Uttar Pradesh in the run-up to the 2014 polls. As the elections draw closer, the “evil designs” of these two parties will come to the fore, she said.
Mayawati said such barbs against her will grow as elections approach.
She reiterated her earlier demand of imposition of president’s rule in the state because of what she termed as “jungle raj” (lawlessness).
Terming as “dramatics” the yatras organised by SP to include 17 backward castes into Scheduled Caste, the BSP supremo said like the VHP the party should apologise to OBC community for issuing a government order in its previous regime which deprived them of reservation facility.
She said that before Lok Sabha elections an attempt was being made to create an atmosphere in the country that there was no parties other than Congress or BJP, which was not right.
She said that in reality both the parties were not the main choice of the people as they have tested them and felt disappointed.
“BJP people are making tall announcements of resolving big problems before the country in their rallies by assembling crowd of ticket goers. Why didn’t they did so when the party was in power for six years,” Mayawati said while taking a dig at the saffron brigade.
She claimed the people in UP were feeling harassed by increasing crime and riots. She said that until and unless peace is not restored trade and industry could not flourish and UP would continue to remain a backward state.