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Modi, Shah dreaming of harming UP: Mayawati

She also said there is no other Kasab bigger than the BJP president

Assembly Elections 2017

Press Trust of India  |  Deoria (UP) 

BSP Chief Mayawati. Photo: PTI
BSP Chief Mayawati. Photo: PTI

Hitting back at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati on Saturday termed them as “guru-chela” who, she claimed, are “dreaming of harming” Uttar Pradesh.

Guru and chela have together harmed the country... ‘guru’ means Modi and ‘chela’ means Shah... now, they together are dreaming of harming the state,” she alleged at an election rally here. BJP leaders have been referring to Mayawati and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, as ‘bua-bhatija’ (aunt and nephew) during campaigning.

Referring to Shah’s ‘KASAB’ acronym for the Congress, Samajwadi Party (SP) and BSP, Mayawati reiterated, “There is no other Kasab bigger than the BJP president... Gujarat is an example before you to see and ensure that this Kasab does not come (to power) here”.

She said, “Muslims need to vote en masse for the BSP, whose Dalit vote is intact and is ready to defeat the BJP... if Muslims vote for the BSP, the BJP will get a setback and it will not be able to come to power in the state.” Alleging that minorities, especially Muslims, are being given “step-motherly treatment” she cautioned Muslims against voting for the SP, saying it would “directly benefit the BJP”. She also alleged that BJP will “end reservation by following the RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) agenda” or will make it ineffective.

On BJP’s promise that the party would bring prosperity on coming to power in the state, Mayawati said, “After playing petty politics of graveyard-cremation ground, Kasab, slaughter houses and donkeys of Gujarat they are now promising ‘doodh aur ghee ki nadi’.”

“They can make any promise they want like the ones made during the Lok Sabha polls, but people will not fall for it,” she said. Because of the wrong policies of the BJP-led government at the Centre and the SP government in Uttar Pradesh, 220 million people of the state are angry and frustrated, Mayawati claimed.

On the SP-Congress alliance, the BSP chief said, “The Samajwadi Party is considered symbolic to crime, corruption and ‘jungle raj’. People have to decide whether they will vote for the tainted face of SP-Congress or the clean one of BSP which has shown how the rule of law is imposed.”

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First Published: Sat, February 25 2017. 22:55 IST