BSP chief Mayawati Monday hit back at BJP president Amit Shah for his statement that only his party is free of “goons”, saying that the BJP has “many notorious goons” and the list starts “from Gujarat”. Talking to reporters at her residence, Mayawati attacked Shah for his remarks at BJP’s rally in Jhansi Sunday when the BJP leader said that both Samajwadi Party and BSP were full of “goondas”.
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“BJP me toh itne naami giraami gunde hain, main inke naam ginane lag jaun, aur iski shuruaat Gujarat se hi hoti hai. Aur ye jo Amit Shah baat kar rahe hain, unka itihaas bhi aap log achchhe se janate hain (BJP has many notorious goons, and if I start counting their names then the list will start from Gujarat. You are all aware of the history of Amit Shah who has made this statement),” she said. Shah had said that on one side there were politicians like Mukhtar Ansari, his brother Afzal, who had recently merged their outfit into the SP, while on the other hand there was Naseemuddin Siddiqui in the BSP.
The BJP has been attacking Siddiqui, a BSP general secretary and the party’s Muslim face, ever since he led a dharna where alleged “obscene slogans” were raised against daughter and sister of former BJP leader Dayashankar Singh, who was accused of making derogatory remarks about Mayawati. Meanwhile, Mayawati also attacked Shah for his claim that if the illegal mining is stopped in Bundelkhand, every resident of the backward region will get enough money to buy a Maruti car. She said the people of the region first need basic facilities like employment, water and electricity. “If central government provided Rs 15 lakh to Rs 25 lakh to every citizen from the black money as it had promised in its (2014) campaign, the people will be able to develop themselves and buy more than one car,” she said.
Countering Shah’s claim that UP saw no development during the BSP rule, Mayawati said: “Our governments did not work for the development of capitalists and moneybags like the central government and the BJP-ruled states.” She said her government had started the Metro rail project in Noida and got built the Noida-Agra Expressway, besides laying the foundation work for metro rail in Lucknow. She said most of her government’s public welfare schemes had been either stopped or renamed by the Akhilesh Yadav government. Mayawati also reiterated her demand of division of the state in four parts, saying that the resolution for UP’s division sent by her government in 2011 is still pending before the central government and the people want action on that from the BJP government.
On Sunday, Union minister and Jhansi MP Uma Bharati, speaking alongside Shah, had said that she was in support of a separate Bundelkhand state. Accusing the NDA government of being anti-farmer, Mayawati said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was “lying about his government” having paid the dues of sugarcane farmers. She reiterated that the talks of alliance between SP and Congress show that these parties have “conceded defeat” and said that “people don’t vote for the losing people”.