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Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati rules out support for Narendra Modi post elections

Friday, 9 May 2014 - 1:28pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA Webdesk

Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati has stated that there will be no support for the Bharatiya Janata Party by the BSP post the 2014 Lok Sabha Elections. Mayawati has addressed her disagreements with Narendra Modi, the BJP's prime ministerial candidate at various rallies and news conferences. 

On March 4 the BSP leader claimed that Narendra Modi ran a 'corrupt government' in Gujarat, his home turf. She even further went on to entertainingly rephrase the BJP as "Bahut Jyada Paap." At a press conference in Delhi Mayawati ruled out any allegiance with the BJP claiming  that, "We will do everything possible to stall the BJP from coming to power." 

Mayawati also explained that the BJP and the Samajwadi party were playing a 'fixed match; in UP and she even warned minorities cautioning them about their blatant use of Muslims as a vote bank, who are ironically the worst sufferers under the Samajwadi party rule.  

Mayawati has also been recorded as having said that under Narendra Modi's government the country would be plagued by communal riots. As she addressed a rally at Rail Bazaar in Kanpur, she told the audience that dividing votes betweent the SP and the BJP would be playing directly into the BJP's hands. She once again addressed the Muslim minority and claimed that no other party has been as vested in their interests as the BSP. 

BSP's top analyst, SC Mishra has stated that the BSP is focussed on winning as many seats as possible. Also that there never was any question of supporting modi after the polls in UP considering that UP with its 80 Lok Sabha seats will be one of modi's flagship constituencies and indispensible for him to take power in the centre.

One of her more recent jibes against Modi came after he claimed to be a member of a lower caste following Priyanka Gandhi's statement where she accused Modi of indulging in 'neech rajneeti.' Mayawati stated astutely that the statement clearly was in reference to the type of politics the party is indulging in an has nothing to do with caste. 

She called Modi out for continually misinterpreting the statement on May 7 and also jokingly poked fun at his lack of education and knowledge of indian history. The BJP, according to Mayawati, has traditionally been opposed to minorities and by trying to portray Modi as a member of a lower caste, she believes that they are shamelessly indulging in dirty politics and cheap tricks. 

Analysts have however noted the mild nature of her attacks compared to her usual firebrand dismissal of her opponents and thus believe that she is keeping her options open. Mayawati in the meanwhile continues to state that she wishes a President's rule in UP and that BJP is traditionally for the rich and not concerned with the interests of the lower echelons of Indian society. 

   


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