Muslims, other minorities facing bias under Modi govt: Mayawati
The Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati on Sunday cautioned Muslims that voting for Samajwati Party or or Congress will only help Narendra Modi-led Bhartiya Janata Party and sought their support “to stop” the saffron party.
The BSP, alleging that Muslims have been facing bias under PM Modi government, said Muslims should not waste their vote as there is infighting in Samajwadi Party and Congress lacks a voter base in Uttar Pradesh.
Addressing a rally in Lucknow, Mayawati 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.”
On the occasion of party founder Kanshi Ram’s 10th death anniversary,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, and cautioned the people against any canard that BSP might enter into an understanding for forming as government with the BJP in case it fell short of majority.
Mayawati further said there was no truth in these rumours which were being spread to divide Muslim votes and asserted that such a situation will not arise.
Coming down heavily on the ruling Samajwadi Party, Ms. Mayawati said because of “rampant crime and anarchy” incidents such as Muzaffarnagar, Dadri, Mathura and Bulandshahr have occurred and promised to restore rule of law in Uttar Pradesh.
“There is a tussle for supremacy going on in the SP between Mulayam Singh Yadav’s son Akhilesh Yadav and brother Shivpal Singh Yadav and its result will be that the Yadav vote will split as each will try to ensure the defeat of candidates owing allegiance to the other,” Mayawati said.