Mayawati hit outs at Modi govt, Akhilesh Yadav

Lucknow: BSP chief Mayawati today lashed out at the Modi government at the Centre, saying it was just tom-tomming its “hollow” programmes to mislead the people and said “bad days” are on the anvil for the BJP dispensation. The former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister also targeted her guns at the SP government for the Mathura violence and demanded a CBI or court-monitored probe into the deadly incident.

During a nearly hour-long interaction with mediapersons here, the BSP chief slammed Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav for not taking the Mathura violence seriously.

“Rather than touring Bundelkhand, he should have been visiting Mathura today,” she said, and demanded a judicial or Supreme Court-monitored or CBI probe into the incident. Yadav is on an official visit to Mahoba in Bundelkhand. 24 people, including an SP and SHO, were killed in clashes between police and members of a sect who had encroached on government land in Mathura on Thursday.

Slamming the programmes to celebrate two years of Modi government, she said the BJP-led dispensation had nothing to take credit for and was just tomtomming its “hollow” programmes to mislead the people. “Forget about achchey din, now the bure din of government are coming (forget the promise of good days, now bad days are on the cards for the government),” she said.

“Don’t fall prey to the catchy slogas of Modi government. NDA has failed to keep its promises made before the 2014 Lok Sabha elections,” she said, adding its sympathy towards the poor was “artificial and just on paper”. The BJP’s countdown has begun while in Uttar Pradesh the fight between ruling SP and BJP would be for the second spot as her party would storm to power in 2017, she said.

Describing BJP and Congress as two sides of the same coin, she said the NDA government’s policies and programmes were same as those of the UPA.

Criticising BJP President Amit Shah for sharing food with Dalits in Varanasi, she said such “gimmicks” do not work or get translated into votes. “BJP should dimnish such ideas from its mind,” she said.

Mayawati claimed that atrocities on Dalits were increasing in Uttar Pradesh as well as all over the country and cited the Rohit Vemula case where, she said, justice has not been given to the family so far.