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Mahendra Nath calls Mayawati's Lucknow visit 'political tourism'

Press Trust of India  |  Lucknow 

Sunday accused BSP of visiting only in the search of votes.

Speaking to reporters here, Pandey said, "The amount of pain which feels for the people of UP can be gauged from the fact she appeared in after almost three months. She comes to only for the purpose of 'political tourism', and leaves after giving her statement."

He said, "BJP always gives priority to relationships, but has always broken the dignity of relationships. BJP workers had come to her rescue when she was attacked and humiliated by SP goons. The SP goons have even tried to kill her."

Referring to demonetisation, the said, "Mayawati's pain pertaining to demonetisation surfaces regularly, as her notes had transformed into pieces of paper. She is not able to recover from this."

The BSP, which had won 19 out of 403 Assembly seats in the state, was thrown out of power by the people owing to the corrupt practices of its leaders, Pandey said.

The BJP further sought to know from whom Mayawati was expecting 'respect' vis-a-vis her statement that her party will ally with any group as long as BSP gets "respectable share of seats".

"Is she expecting respect from those who had shattered her pride and dignity in the infamous 1995 Guest House case?," asked of Recalling the more than two-decade-old incident, Tripathi said it was BJP MLA who came to Mayawati's rescue.

"Today Mayawati is expecting respect from those, who had shown scant respect to her in the past. This shows how nervous she is and that her voter base has eroded," Tripathi said.

Earlier on Sunday, Mayawati had said, "The efforts of the opposition parties will be to stop the BJP from coming to power at any cost. For this talks of forging an alliance is also going on. Our party is not against the alliance, but our stand is very clear, that is, we will ally with a political party only if we get respectable share of seats. Or else, our party feels it is better to contest elections alone."

On the BSP chief's statement that BJP is not leaving any stone unturned to derive mileage from the demise of former Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the BJP said, "Mayawati has honoured so many great and eminent personalities by constructing their statues in Lucknow. I fail to understand why is she having any problem if the BJP is holding various programmes in honour and memory of Atalji."

Tripathi said, "Mayawati has been treating Dalits as her The BJP on the other hand has worked to increase the balance of the Dalits. She is visualising that her is being virtually robbed. Hence she is worried.

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First Published: Sun, September 16 2018. 20:06 IST