Two dead, many injured in stampede at Mayawati’s rally

Around 1 lakh supporters had attended the rally as BSP booked more than a dozen trains and thousand vehicles bringing supporters and workers to the rally venue

At least two people died while many injured after a stampede at Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati’s rally in Lucknow on Sunday.

Media reports said more than 10 people were injured in the incident, while several children have also been reported missing following the stampede.

Around 1 lakh supporters had attended the rally. The BSP had booked more than a dozen trains and thousand vehicles to bring supporters and workers to Lucknow’s Kanshi Ram Eco Garden, where the party chief Mayawati addressed her supporters, reported Deccan Chronicle.

Addressing the rally,  Mayawati said that Muslims should not vote for the Samajwadi Party, as it would benefit the BJP – because Yadav votes will be divided between Chief Minister Akhilesh and his uncle Shivpal Yadav.

Mayawati also alleged that under BJP rule, there had been biased behaviour and atrocities against minorities in the name of ‘Gauraksha’ and love jihad.

The BSP chief also clarified that the BSP would not be entering any pre-poll alliance with any party in Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab elections.

Taking a jibe at PM Modi-led  government, the former UP Chief Minister said that they had done nothing for UP since coming to power in 2014. The downtrodden were promised food, water and electricity, and the farmers loan waiver, but only the rich farmers benefited, she alleged.

Mayawati also commented on the recent surgical strike, which has already created controversies with oppositions raised questions to release the footages.  The BSP supremo said, “It is only after two-and-a-half years of coming in the power the government decided to carry out the strikes. Strikes were also carried out earlier but the BJP government is using them for political mileage.”

Mayawati also lambasted Akhilesh Yadav government, saying that since the Samajwadi Party came to power, there has been a rule of criminals. Communal politics is rife in Uttar Pradesh and these incidents of Dalit atrocities in Una and Dadri are a proof of it, she alleged.