The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has said political parties like the the BSP, SP and Congress think that the votes of only 20 per cent of people matter while the rest don’t.
BJP made the remark criticising Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati for asking Muslims not to ‘waste’ their votes on the likes of the Congress and the Samajwadi Party.
As per ANI report, BJP leader Siddharnath Nath Singh told that news agency that, “In UP, whether it is the BSP, SP or Congress, they all are running for one particular segment of votes that belongs to the minority and they feel that only 20 per cent of UP votes, while the balance 80 per cent don’t. And, therefore, they are running towards the minority vote.”
Singh reportedly said the BJP doesn’t differentiate between minority and majority votes and only works for development and good governance , which will be the sole focus of the party in the upcoming 2017 elections.
Meanwhile, addressing a rally in Lucknow to commemorate the 10th death anniversary of Dalit icon Kanshi Ram, former UP chief minister Mayawati on Sunday, said voting for the Samajwadi Party or the Congress will only help the BJP come to power.
The Bahujan Samaj Party supremo said since the onset of the BJP-led government at the centre, the minorities have been subjected to a bias by right wing forces over issues like ‘love-jihad’ and cow-slaughtering. She also lashed out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for not fulfilling his 2014 poll promises.
Mayawati had said: “Ever since the BJP government has come at the Centre, Muslims and other minorities are being subjected to bias. The minority status of Aligarh Muslim University and Jamia Millia Islamia is being snatched away.
“Communal forces are becoming stronger and Muslims are being targeted in the name of love jihad, ‘gau raksha’ (cow protection) and religious conversion.” Mayawati also made it clear that her party will go alone in the three states going to polls early next year — Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Punjab.