Sitapur: Accusing the Congress-led UPA
government of not cooperating with her in the past five years,
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on Wednesday said only her
party could empower the "sarv samaj (all classes)".
"In the real sense only BSP government can work towards
empowerment of the sarv samaj and it has proved the same to a
large extent over the past five years", Mayawati said in an
informal chat with reporters here.
Mayawati, who arrived here to address an election
meeting, said the biggest issue in UP elections is that in the
past five years we have performed well, done a lot of work
which none of the other governments before us have done since
"The state, however, is a big one as far as its
population is concerned, five years is not enough to remove
the backwardness of Uttar Pradesh and the central government
has also not helped us", she said.
There is still the need to work for the development of
the state and remove the backwardness, she said adding that
the sarv samaj also needed to be uplifted.
The BSP chief who looked happy following the presence of
large number of her supporters said that it is for the people
to decide whether she would become the chief minister for the
"Ask the people... you can see the crowd", she said when
asked whether she was confident of returning as the chief
minister of the state again.
Meanwhile, addressing the meeting Mayawati said that BSP
which is contesting on all assembly seats has chosen good
candidates who are devoted to people in their constituencies.
"Bad candidates were denied tickets and given what they
deserved," she said.
Attacking the Congress, she said its wrong economic
policies resulted in increase in poverty and unemployment
following which people of UP had to go out and work in other
Alleging that the centre has discriminated against the
BSP government, she said that request for a package worth 80
thousand crore for various schemes meant for the poor was made
but it was rejected.
Despite this, BSP ensured development on its own, she
said adding that minorities and muslims have benefited under
the BSP rule.
On her move to divide the state into four parts, she
said that the centre is silent on issue.
Stressing that the BSP government maintained law and
order even at the time of Babri Masjid verdict, she blamed the
Congress of playing divide and rule policy on minority
reservation and termed their manifesto as an election gimmick.
Referring to the NRHM, she said after murder of two CMOs
BSP government started its investigation and took resignations
from two of their ministers on moral grounds.
The BSP chief blamed the central government of using the
CBI as a tool to torture BSP at times of election in the name
of NRHM case and alleged that CBI has not proved to be so
quick in 2G, CWG and other 62 scams worth 20 lakh crore.
Talking about corruption, she targeted SP for food
scam, police recruitment and BJP for Karnataka Mining scam.
"These parties should not speak about corruption as they
are themselves involved",she said adding that BJP made no
effort to being back black money despite being in power for 7
Mayawati warned that if SP came to power women and
businessmen would not be safe as goondas would rule the roost.
Warding off the people from Congress, she said that it would
hand over small big enterprises to foreign companies while BJP
would give a boost to communal forces.
She appealed to the public to avenge their anger over
covering of the statues by voting for the BSP and helping in
formation of majority government.