Lucknow: After a meeting with party workers and important functionaries from the states of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand in Lucknow, BSP supremo Mayawati reiterated that her party, the BSP (Bahujan Samaj Party), will maintain an equal distance from two major blocs – NDA and INDIA. Both alliances comprise 35 and 25 parties as of now.
She cautioned the people against the “Fake News” being spread regarding the BSP joining the INDIA alliance. She exhorted the party workers to prepare for the elections and ignore these rumors.
Mayawati alleged that the ruling party is once again devising a new “strategy” for the polls. She said that the people are concerned with issues like roads, water, education, health, and the control of crime. When it comes to issues of public interest and public welfare, the attitude of the BJP and Congress is almost the same, and it is anti-people," said Mayawati.
BSP supremo attacked the bulldozer policy of the government, saying that people are being unceremoniously targeted even before they could be convicted of any offense, and their property is being bulldozed. Educational institutes, hospitals, etc., belonging to them are being sealed. This, she said, is leading to immense hardships for the people and is uncalled for.
She also attacked the government for its attempts to make the Reservation policy ineffective. “The provision of caste-based reservation has been made to address centuries-old exploitation and inequalities, and "Till the time inequality-based mentality and policies continue both in the government and in society, people will not get the actual benefits of reservation, and this will only exist on paper," she said.
Alliance Stitched in Madhya Pradesh
Notwithstanding the stance of going to the Lok Sabha polls alone, the Bahujan Samaj Party has decided to form an alliance with the Gondwana Gantantra Party (GGP). The national party will contest 178 seats, and the GGP will get 52 seats in the 230-member Madhya Pradesh Assembly, as per the arrangement reached by the two parties.