The Bahujan Samaj Party will contest Assembly polls in 4 states alone, BSP party chief and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati said on Monday (March 15). She said the party will not forge any alliance in Bengal, Kerala, Puducherry, and Tamil Nadu. “Assembly elections are set to take place in many states of the country. Our party is contesting elections in Kerala, West Bengal, Puducherry and Tamil Nadu on its own. We will not form an alliance with any party in these four states,” she said while addressing a press conference on the birth anniversary of BSP founder Kanshi Ram.
“Only BSP has given its everything to take forward his work so that Dalits, oppressed, tribals, backward classes, Muslims and other religious minorities can lead a life of dignity. BSP is working hard to prepare them, ” she said targeting the voters of the four poll-bound states.
Mayawati further commended her party and former dalit leaders, slamming the Centre of being narrow-minded, “In every meeting and public rally, they are told about Kanshi Ram and Baba Saheb Ambedkar, that as long as there are casteist and capitalist government and governments with narrow-mindedness at the Centre and state, there won’t be proper changes in the economic and social status of these people.”
In a tweet earlier on March 12, Mayawati had condemned the alleged attack on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, saying that the incident was sad and unfortunate (roughly translated from Hindi). “West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee’s sudden injury during the election is very sad and unfortunate. Wish her a speedy recovery from the injuries. At the same time, the Election Commission should also take it seriously and high-level investigation into the matter is needed, this is BSP’s demand,” she said in a tweet.
1.पश्चिम बंगाल की मुख्यमंत्री व तृणमूल कांग्रेस की प्रमुख ममता बनर्जी का चुनाव के दौरान अचानक घायल होना अति-दुःखद व दुर्भाग्यपूर्ण। कुदरत से उनके शीघ्र स्वास्थ्य लाभ की कामना। साथ ही निर्वाचन आयोग द्वारा भी इसे गंभीरता से लेकर इसकी उच्च-स्तरीय जाँच कराना जरूरी, बीएसपी की यह माँग।
— Mayawati (@Mayawati) March 12, 2021
Ahead of the crucial Assembly polls in as many as 5 states, Mayawati has been often seen accusing the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress of ‘always neglecting saints and great men born in Dalit, Adivasi and OBC sections of the society.
(with inputs from ANI)