BSP chief Mayawati on Monday kicked-off a massive campaign in order to reclaim her Dalit constituency. She had storned out of the Rajya Sabha two months ago.
While addressing a sizeable crowd of supporters and party workers in Meerut, the former Uttar Pradesh CM said that the situation in the country had become ‘worse than Emergency’, “Various arms and agencies of the central government like Enforcement Directorate (ED), the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Income Tax (IT) have been let loose on Opposition leaders to intimidate them and muzzle their voice.”
As reported by Zee Media Bureau, She also openly accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of not being serious about the welfare of the Dalits and the weaker classes of society and cited how she was not allowed by the treasury benches in the Rajya Sabha to speak on the caste conflict in Saharanpur.
“When I was not being allowed to raise the issues regarding my people, I decided to resign,” Mayawati said, explaining her resignation from the Upper House of the Parliament.
She further claimed that the BJP had triggered “riots between Dalits and Kshatriya outfits” and clashes had broken out on the day of her visit to Shabbirpur in Saharanpur district. She also alleged that the riots were planned.
Further, the BSP supremo also raised the issue of ‘faulty and tampered’ EVMs, which she said led to the loss of BSP and worked in favour of the BJP in the UP Assembly elections earlier this year.
She also criticized the Yogi Adityanath government in the state and said it was deceiving the farmers of the state on its poll promise of a loan waiver. “The fraud they are doing on the hapless farmers is being exposed now as at many places farmers have got loan waiver cheques of Rs 1 and Rs 10,” she said.
The BSP Supremo assured her supporters that desertions by senior leaders and ‘conspiracies’ by opponents will not be limiting her in fighting for their cause.
In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, BSP had lost out to Samajwadi Party (SP) and in the 2017 state Assembly polls, the party got only 19 of the 403 seats, becoming a distant third to the BJP and the Samajwadi Party (SP). BSP had only managed 80 seats in 2012 when they were overthrown out of power by the SP.