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A day after Narendra Modi's rally in Lucknow, Mayawati slams PM for demonetisation woes

Lucknow: A day after the Prime Minister urged the electorate in UP not to vote on caste considerations, BSP chief Mayawati said on Tuesday that the prime minister appeared to have accepted defeat and rejected the charge of being a "casteist party". She also attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi on demonetiation, alleging that he did it to divert the people's attention as "he had failed to fulfill even a quarter of his poll promises", including bringing back black money stashed abroad.

"Yesterday's Lucknow speech showed that he (PM) has accepted defeat and that his party is not coming to power in UP. He repeatedly said that these elections will not be fought for victory or defeat and talked about responsibility," the former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister told reporters. Taking a dig, she said the faces of Modi and BJP Chief Amit Shah have "lost glow".

"Yesterday (at BJP's Lucknow rally) it has been proved through their lost glow, their manner of speaking and their statements that they are not coming to power in UP," she said.

The Dalit leader alleged that BSP was being dubbed a "casteist" party as part of a political conspiracy. "Opposition parties level the wrong charge against the BSP that it is a casteist party so that other castes do not vote for it. This is their political conspiracy," Mayawati said.

"During all the four governments, BSP has worked in the interest of all castes besides the Dalits," she said, adding that her party has also demanded quota on economic basis for the upper castes both in and outside Parliament.

File photo of BSP supremo Mayawati. PTI

File photo of BSP supremo Mayawati. PTI

"The latest example to prove that we are not casteist is that we have given tickets to all sections of society for the coming elections," she said.

Giving caste-wise details, she said that of the 403 seats, "85 are reserved for the SCs and 87 tickets have been given to Dalits, 97 to Muslims, 106 to OBCs, 113 to upper castes (66 to Brahmins, 36 to Kshetriyas and 11 to Kayasthas, Vaishyas, Punjabis)."

The BSP chief said that she had decided the candidates long ago and there will be no change in it but the list will be released later. She also ruled out any alliance in the coming polls.

Mayawati said she wanted to remind the PM about his poll promises on New Year.

"The biggest election promise was bringing back black money from foreign banks in 100 days and giving Rs 15 lakhs to each poor citizen ...he is talking of responsibility to his partymen but he should also pay attention on how responsible he is," she stressed.

The BSP chief recalled BJP's defeat in Bihar, saying the people of the state gave a "befitting reply" to the party.

"For diverting attention the Prime Minister and his ministers went on a spree of foundation laying and making announcements even if there is no budgetary allocation for the

Stung by Modi's charge that BSP was busy saving its blackmoney, Mayawati said BJP should first look within.

"When people did not fall prey to their designs they went in for note ban without making the ten months preceding note ban they got busy in converting their black money collected through fake membership into white.

"They bought land for making party offices," she alleged, adding "they should look at themselves before talking about other parties".

Condemning the note ban, she said, "It will be viewed as a black chapter in the coming times and no one will be able to forget it...90 per cent people of the country are concerned about it".

Alleging that a majority in Lok Sabha has made BJP arrogant, she said, "I pray to God that good sense prevails on the Prime Minister in 2017. ..the note ban has become a curse for the honest".

Stressing that her party was poised to form the next government in UP, she flayed the Prime Minister for not making a mention of the ongoing tussle in the ruling Samajwadi Party in his speech and said that voting for Congress or SP will only benefit BJP in the coming elections.

Updated Date: Jan 03, 2017 16:48 PM

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