BSP chief Mayawati’s open appeal to Muslim voters

New Delhi: Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati’s open appeal to Muslims during her election rally in Deoband has landed her into troubled waters.

The Election Commission has sought a report on Mayawati’s speech from Saharanpur’s District Magistrate.

The UP Chief Electoral Officer L Venkateshwar Loo has asked for a report of BSP chief’s speech, where she has appealed Muslim voters to “vote for the SP-BSP alliance and not for the Congress candidate, which cannot fight the BJP”.

Citing the example of Saharanpur, the BSP chief has claimed that Congress had brought in a Muslim fave only to cut down the votes of gatbandhan and that the “divisive thought” process of these rival parties are hurting the backward communities and they are “not benefiting from reservation”. “They are being exploited. Minorities are also suffering.”

While addressing the election rally and sharing her stage with Akhilesh Yadav and RLD chief Ajit Singh she appealed: “I want to make an open appeal. It’s not the Congress but the alliance which is fighting the BJP. Congress wants to ensure the alliance does not win. Congress is trying to help the BJP in this election.”