Listing out the failures of both the UPA and the NDA, Mayawati on Tuesday portrayed herself as an alternative in the Centre, while staying away from the on-going fight between India and Pakistan. She said that war is not the "only option" and cautioned against hasty decisions regarding ties with the neighbouring country.
A Daily News & Analysis report says that she asked people to rise above caste and communal bias and support her to become the next prime minister after the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
Mayawati held the press conference to mark her 57th birthday which falls today. She also released English and Hindi versions of her book — A travelogue of my struggle-ridden life and BSP movement, volume 8. The book is popularly called the BSP Blue Book in party circles.
Mayawati said that since the UPA and the NDA have failed to live up to the expectations of the people, people were now looking for an alternative which her party can provide in the next Lok Sabha elections.
She, however, added that a final decision will have to be taken by the electorate while casting their vote in the next general election. "Polls can throw up surprising results which you (journalists) do not expect," she said.
The Daily News & Analysis report quoted BSP sources as saying that the party will expand to south India and pitch candidates all over to foment its position in national politics.
Asked why was the BSP supporting the UPA government from outside despite its 'anti-people' policies, Mayawati said she had already explained the reasons on an earlier occasion.
She had recently said that since three-and-a-half years have already passed, there was no point in pulling the plug.
Updated Date: Jan 16, 2013 12:30:45 IST