Mayawati supports Muslims in Uttar Pradesh
Mayawati supports Muslims in Uttar Pradesh:- While, making a strong pitch in Muslims support in the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections next year, Mayawati, BSP chief on Sunday has told the minority community, not to “waste” their votes on the Samajwadi Party (SP) or the Congress if in any case they want to defeat the BJP.
She has also targeted the BJP government at the Centre, saying that the “discrimination against Muslims” has increased since the party has come to power, and also accused it of trying to gain political mileage from the “terror incidents on India-Pakistan border”.
While, addressing a rally on the occasion of BSP founder Kanshi Ram’s death anniversary, Mayawati has said that the internal differences in SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav’s family had weakened the party and divided its supporters.
“Akhilesh ke kheme ke log candidate honge, toh Shivpal ke log andar hi andar unhe haraane ki koshish karenge. Aur agar Shivpal ke kheme ke log candidate honge, toh Akhilesh ke log unhe haraane ki koshish karenge. Muslim samaj ko aise me SP ko apna vote dekar kharab nahi karna hai. (If the candidate is from Akhilesh’s camp, Shivpal’s supporters will try to defeat him. If the candidate is from Shivpal’s camp, Akhilesh’s supporters will try to defeat him. In this situation, the Muslim community should not waste its vote on the SP),” she said.
Congress does not have vote base: Mayawati
On the Congress, she mentioned that the party does not have a vote base, and voting for it will only benefit the BJP.
She said that the Muslim community should, therefore, unitedly vote for the BSP in order to defeat the BJP. With the state “having 22 to 23 per cent Dalit votes, BSP can surely win with the help of Muslim votes,” she said. The community should further avoid division of its votes, which benefited the BJP in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, she said.
Attacking that the BJP-led government at the Centre in her 85-minute speech, Mayawati said: “The discrimination against the Muslim community increased manifold after the formation of the BJP government, and they have been the centre of the target in the name of gau raksha, ghar wapsi, love jehad… The community members are now insecure about the protection of their religion, lives and property.”
Moreover, she cited the incidents in Dadri, Mewat and Una, she said atrocities were also being committed against both Muslims and Dalits on the same issue.