Voters in Uttar Pradesh should not trust BSP as it might join hands with BJP after the assembly elections, Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav said on Wednesday.
“Buaji (aunty – Mayawati) is saying she will sit in the Opposition if she is unable to form government. Elections are not over yet, but she is ready to sit in the Opposition.”
“She cannot be relied upon. She can join hands with anyone. She had celebrated ‘Raksha bandhan’ with a BJP leader earlier and she can do it in the future also,” Akhilesh said at an election rally.
His remarks came after the BSP supremo said that she would rather be in the Opposition than form an alliance with BJP to form the government in Uttar Pradesh and accused the saffron party of spreading rumours of a coalition with BSP.
The chief minister also asked policemen to vote for him, stating that his government gave maximum promotions and made recruitments in the force.
He, however, cautioned policemen against taking bribe and said anyone accepting money from the people would be tracked if any complaint was received on “Dial UP 100” platform.
Akhilesh also highlighted schemes launched by his government for the welfare of the people and sought their support in the election.
However, pitching the Bahujan Samaj Party as the only one capable of stopping the BJP in Uttar Pradesh, former chief minister Mayawati on Tuesday urged the people to prefer a “bedaagi chehra” (untarnished image) like hers over that of chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, whom she described as the “daagi” face of the Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance.
“Only my government can stop the BJP as well as act against ‘Sapa ke gundey’ (criminal elements in the SP),” the four-time former chief minister, who is desperately eyeing a Dalit-Muslim combine to ride to power, said at a party rally on Lucknow’s outskirts.
Like the BJP and the SP-Congress alliance that have promised the moon to the voters, Maya too joined the ‘sop’ opera, promising loan waiver of up to Rs. 1 lakh to the poor, release of innocent people behind bars, fruits, eggs, milk and cake to school students as part of the mid-day meal, cash to poor meritorious students and a traders’ commission.