Naveen Bharat Editorial
Lucknow: Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) chief Mayawati formally sounded the election bugle at a massive rally here on Saturday. He indicated that if voted to power, his regime would not be vindictive in outlook.
The BSP supremo said that if she is in the saddle again in Lucknow after the 2022 assembly elections, her government will not stop any ongoing development project.
“All the projects started by BJP in Ayodhya, Varanasi, Mathura and other religious places are still under construction and I promise they will not be stopped if we come to power. All good schemes of the Center and the state will not be stopped. Unlike BJP and SP, I will not change the names of places unnecessarily. All existing schemes will be reviewed and good schemes will be expanded.”
He focused more on the issues of unemployment and migration of talent to other states. Mayawati announced that her party would contest the upcoming assembly elections on the issue of jobs to prevent migration of youth to other states.
The BSP chief, who on Saturday paid tribute to his party’s founder-president Kanshi Ram on his 15th death anniversary, demanded a Bharat Ratna for “a symbol of the downtrodden and downtrodden”.
All the welfare schemes started under the BSP regime will be restarted. A commission will be constituted to consider all the demands being made by the employees of different departments. Acceptable demands will be met. Most backward areas will be developed on priority basis and Dr. Ambedkar Gram Vikas Yojana and Manyavar Shri Kanshi Ramji Shahari Samagra Vikas Yojana will be re-launched for the development of villages and cities. Will be built until existing repairs are done.
Mayawati also opposed the telecast of opinion polls ahead of the UP elections to be held early next year. Citing the example of West Bengal where she claimed that the actual results were contrary to the majority of opinion polls, Mayawati called upon the public not to go by the figures given by her as the ground reality was completely different.
The BSP chief said she would write to the Election Commission demanding a ban on opinion polls as they worked to swing the election in favor of the ruling party.
Don’t forget the Muslims, the BSP chief promised to take care of their welfare along with all the minority communities.
Taking a jibe at her political rivals, Mayawati launched a veiled attack on the Samajwadi Party, which has been joined by several prominent BSP leaders in recent times. “One party takes ‘selfish’ people of other parties and when it was in power, people were very upset with the law and order situation in the state,” he said.
The BSP chief also ridiculed the promises made by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, saying the party is promising things in UP which it has failed to implement in Delhi as well.
Mayawati expressed apprehension that the ruling BJP may misuse the government machinery close to the elections to create an atmosphere in her favor and if that does not work, she will try to vitiate the atmosphere with her communal discourse.
Congress, on the other hand, was largely responsible for migration of people to other states, he said. Accusing the party of not doing anything for the people, he said that both the Congress and the BJP did not even ensure employment for the people.