Mayawati appeals to Muslims not to come in SP's trap; violates EC ruling


Lucknow: Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati continued her efforts to woo the Muslim votes for the crucial fifth phase of elections tomorrow in Uttar Pradesh by appealing to the community not to get entrapped by the Samajwadi Party, thus violating the Election Commission norms not to rake up issues on communal or caste lines, The BSP president made an appeal to the Muslims today to support the party candidates in a big way so that the community is safe in her regime. "Muslims are only safe in the BSP regime and none other," she said while defying the Election Commission (EC) directive yesterday, asking political leaders to obey the Supreme Court ruling and not to indulge in instigating communal feeling during the campaigning. This was second such directive by the EC. However, Ms Mayawati said it was a welcome gesture that Muslims after deserting Congress in the past were on the verge of leaving the Samajwadi Party in this elections. Hitting out at the SP, she said the BSP has always flourished during the SP regime and this could be gauged during the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. The BSP president was also critical on SP minister Mohammad Azam Khan saying that he was unnecessarily trying to insult the Muslim community. " By seeking vote for SP by Azam Khan is a clear cut effort to go against the community," she said in a statement here. Recently, Mr Azam Khan, in an election meeting in Ayodhya, had commented that it is better for the Muslims to vote for the BJP rather than supporting the BSP if they don't want to vote for the SP. Mr Khan was annoyed after he witnessed several muslim houses in the temple city hoisting BSP flag on their roof top. UP BJP general secretary Vijay Bahadur Pathak, in a statement here today,decried over the effort of the BSP president to communalise the elections. The EC should take cognisance on the statement of the BSP leader and take appropriate action, he demanded.

Share it