Mysuru: Bahujan Samaj Party(BSP) chief Mayawati made no secret of her intention to play a pivotal role in the post poll scenario remarking on Tuesday that if a good number of BSP candidates are elected to the Lok Sabha, the party can become kingmaker in the Mahagathbandhan and hold the key to power at the Centre.
Addressing over 20,000 BSP workers at an election rally at Maharaja’s College grounds in Mysuru on Wednesday, Ms Mayawati said if the BSP won more seats, she could clean the political system, serve the poor and weaker sections and realise the unfulfilled dreams of leaders like Babasaheb Ambedkar, Sri Narayana Guru, Jyothiba Phule and Periyar Ramswamy Naicker. It would also pave the way for a bigger role for the BSP in Karnataka politics, she said.
Ms Mayawati said, “The BJP and Congress had no moral right to release fresh manifestos as their manifestos released before the previous elections remain unfulfilled. The BSP will not come up with manifestos as it believe in less talk and more action. If we come to power, we will take up work based on the philosophy ‘Sarvajana hithaaya’ and ‘Sarvajan sukaaya’, and strive to alleviate poverty by bringing about reservation in the government and private sector for the poor.”
Ms Mayawati also referred to the Bofors gun scam which had haunted the Congress and the Rafale jet scam of the BJP and said that both parties are yet to implement reservation for weaker sections in the private sector. “The new drama of chowkidari will not work for the rightist, casteist BJP. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has failed to provide jobs to youth, bring ‘achche din’ for the poor and fulfill his promise of ‘Sabka saath, sabka vikaas.’ Their promise to bring back black money and deposit Rs 15 lakh in each citizen’s account remains a joke. Hence people have lost trust in them,” she remarked.
She said, “On the other hand, the Congress promise to give Rs 6,000 per month to the poor instead of coming up with innovative measures, indicates that they have no plans to alleviate poverty. This promise is only to get votes.” The BSP supremo got emotional and was in tears when a child enacted her role and was carried on a model of an elephant symbolically during the performance of a dance at the beginning of the rally....