BJP, Congress rich man’s parties, says Mayawati

November 23rd, 2008 - 6:03 pm ICT by IANS  

Bahujan Samaj PartyNew Delhi, Nov 23 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Mayawati Sunday described the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as parties of the rich, said she stands for the common people and wished to win the elections with the support of the common man.Addressing an election rally in Trilokpuri here, she said: “The Congress and the BJP are rich-man’s parties. The BSP wants to win elections on the basis of the common man’s support. We are the common man’s party.”

She said if Delhi wanted development and solution to its problems, “you will have to ensure that the BJP, the Congress and their allies are defeated and the BSP is voted to power in Delhi.”

Despite Delhi falling in the jurisdiction of the Congress government in the state and the Centre, they are incapable of tackling the dismal law and order situation. “If BSP comes to power, criminals will be in jails and not outside.”

The BSP is contesting on all the 70 seats in Delhi assembly election.

Mayawati, who successfully experimented caste politics based on Brahmin-Dalit equation in the last Uttar Pradesh assembly election, said there will not be any discrimination between people on caste or religious lines if the BSP to power.

“Our party ensures that no one in the state is discriminated against on grounds of religion or caste,” she said.

Citing the prevailing social situation in Uttar Pradesh, Mayawati said: “We empower the Dalits, Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes, who have been discriminated against in the past and there had been no improvement in their status.”

Spelling out the populist measures being taken by her government in her state, Mayawati said: “In Uttar Pradesh, the children of the poor have more opportunities in education. The enrolment has increased. We are even giving free coaching to aspirants of IAS, IPS and other government posts.”

“Two-bedroom flats are being constructed and given to the homeless, even the standard of living of villagers has improved drastically,” she said.

Comparing her administration with the earlier Samajwadi Party (SP) administration, Mayawati said after the BSP came to power in the state, crime has reduced, especially crime against women.

“If you compare BSP’s regime in UP to the earlier party’s, one can see how mafia and caste-based violence was prevalent in earlier times,” she said.

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