Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Wednesday kick started her party’s campaign for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections by targeting her political rivals, including the incumbent Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh.
Addressing a huge gathering of party supporters at the Ramabai Ambedkar Maidan, the BSP chief said, “This year I have decided not to celebrate my birthday like previous years because of the communal riots in Muzaffarnagar, which led to the killing of several innocent people.”
Making a direct attack on her political opponents, Mayawati said, “You must know how all other parties are conspiring against the BSP. That is why we’re at this rally.”
The BSP chief told her supporters how Congress and the BJP have tried to suppress her voice at times but she never compromised on her principles and values.
“I did not succumb to political pressure or give in to the BJP’s demands when they withdrew support to my government,” Mayawati said at the Lucknow rally.
“Like Congress, the BJP also misused CBI to pressurise BSP in 2003 to forge an alliance at the national level,” Mayawati alleged.
In a direct attack on the Congress regime, the BSP leader said, “You all known that my party’s rising support base in UP and elsewhere has given sleepless nights to Congress and the ruling party misused Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to falsely implicate me in the Taj Corridor Case and Disproportionate Assets case.
“The Congress-led central government has misused CBI to harass me but I was determined that I will never budge before such fascists and communal forces and will continue to work for the downtrodden.”
Coming down heavily on her rivals, the BSP chief said, “No one thought that my party would get an absolute majority in the 2007 UP polls. In 2009 we won 20 out of 80 seats and were 2nd in 47 seats because all parties unitedly contested against BSP.”
The national icon of Dalits said that her rivals united to politically eliminate her when she set her sight on Delhi.
“In order to stop the daughter of a Dalit from becoming the Prime Minister, all parties despite being enemies of each other joined hands to stop us. But the Congress and BJP should know that they have no future without BSP’s support.”
Attacking the Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh, the BSP chief said, “Crime and criminals have risen in the state ever since the Samajwadi Party has come to power. There is a complete lawlessness everywhere in UP and honest officers in all government departments are being targeted and shunted.”