Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati has taken her attack on Modi government to a new level, claiming that the BJP-led Centre may go to war with Pakistan in a bid to divert attention from its failure and win Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh. Addressing a rally at Azamgarh, which is Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav’s turf, the BSP leader said that both the Central and the SP-led state governments could “foment communal passions” for votes and to conceal their failures before or during the elections, The Indian Express reported.
The Central government can go to war with Pakistan on the issue of Kashmir and terrorism to divert people’s attention from the failures of BJP and the Centre,” she said, adding that people of the state have understood the designs of parties like SP, especially the BJP which can trigger communal riots in UP before or during Assembly elections. Tiranga Yatra across the country was organised by BJP for this purpose only in the last few weeks, Mayawati said.
The BSP chief also hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for “not fulfilling” his promises to people of eastern Uttar Pradesh (Purvanchal) during 2014 General Elections campaign, even as his constituency, Varanasi, is a part of the region. “Acchhe din have turned into bad days,” she said.
According to Mayawati, Central schemes like Jan Dhan Yojana and Smart Cities Project would benefit only the rich. Moreover, the Centre is reducing reservation benefits for Dalits and OBCs by giving more work to the private sector, she said.
However, BJP national secretary Shrikant Sharma said that Mayawati is making these allegations as she is “depressed”. “One after the other, able and honest BSP leaders are deserting her sinking ship to join BJP. That is why she is making graceless comments against them,” he said.