BSP to go alone in UP; Mayawati lashes out at Modi, Congress, SP

Announcing her party's intent to go it alone in the upcoming Assembly polls, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP ) supremo Mayawati today accused the BJP, Congress and ruling Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh of trying to mislead people for vote bank politics. Addressing a gathering of party workers at the Kanshi Ram Memorial here on the occasion of the 10th death anniversary BSP founder Kanshi Ram here, the BSP president lashed out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the rise in atrocities against the Dalits and minorities and blamed both the Congress and the SP for toeing the line of the BJP. "In the name of Gau raksha, both Dalits and Muslims are being targeted. An environment is being made where Muslims are being questioned as terrorists. Modi's slogans of 'Ache din ayyenge', Sabka sath Sabka vikas, na khayenge na khane denge'..are proved hollow," she asserted. "Dalits and downtrodden are being targeted during this Modi's regime. Whether it is the Rohit Vemula case or Dayashankar's hate speach, Dalits understand that they are the victims. People don't just want sympathy from Modi government but action," she said adding that Muslims are also being targeted and victimised.

"Jamia and Aligarh Muslim University are being deprived of their minority status. The entire nation is seeing an upsurge of communal forces. There is an attempt on to make India a Hindu Rashtra. A dangerous game is being played out in name of Gau raksha," she said. On the occasion, the former four time UP Chief Minister emphasised on 'Dalit-Muslim formula'. " If Muslims come together with Dalits, absolute majority will be easy. Muslims should not waste vote on Congress and SP," she said, affirming that BSP will go alone in polls and rules out any alliance. She also alleged that Mr Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party were trying to capitalise on the the cross-LoC surgical strikes. "Army should be given credit for it. Strikes should have been carried post Pathankot attack itself. Surgical strikes were sanctioned now with eyes on poll bound states," she added.

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