BSP Lawmakers’ Charge Establish Mayawati ‘Sells’ Party Tickets: BJP

NEW DELHI: After two BSP lawmakers on Wednesday accused party chief Mayawati of selling tickets for UP assembly polls, BJP said their charge only establish the claim that BSP nomination was “up for sale”.

“What the two BSP MLAs have said only establish the claim that Mayawati sell her party tickets. She is not daughter of a dalit but ‘daulat’ (wealth),” BJP national secretary Shrikant Sharma said.

Hitting back at her over the dalit issues, BJP also accused Mayawati of being “hand in glove” with ruling Samajwadi Party, saying she did not launch any major protest against the Akhilesh Yadav government despite “increasing” incidents of atrocities against dalits, including cases of rapes.

In a fresh rebellion in the BSP, lawmakers Romi Sahni and Brijesh Verma criticised party workers for sloganeering against expelled BJP leader Dayashankar Singh’s family and accused the party leadership of “demanding huge sums” for allotting tickets for the 2017 UP Assembly polls.

Mr Sharma alleged the SP government did not probe corruption cases, including NRHM scam and murders of medical officers, involving the previous BSP government and Mayawati in turn did not protest against it over atrocities against dalits.

“There have been over 92 cases of rape in which dalit women were victims. Mayawati did not visit any family and nor did she hit streets. She only believes in photo-op politics,” he said.