New Delhi: Accusing the BSP and SP of
adopting double standards in dealing with Congress, BJP on Tuesday
said leaders who "change masks" to suit their political needs
cannot work for the poor.
"Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party are at loggerheads
with Congress in Uttar Pradesh. But in Delhi they have helped
Congress on the opposition-sponsored cut motions against price
rise," BJP president Nitin Gadkari said here.
He said while SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and RJD supremo
Lalu Prasad openly supported the cut motions against rise in
fuel prices, they walked out when the same was put to vote in
the Lok Sabha.
"Similarly, on Ambedkar Jayanti there was a race between
Congress and BSP to garland the statue of Dr B R Ambedkar in
UP. Then on the day of the cut motions, Mayawatiji decided to
side with the Congress," Gadkari said addressing Bharatiya
Kisan Union (Ambavat) activists who joined the BJP.
The BJP leader claimed that the "pressure of CBI cases
forced these leaders to side with Congress."
Terming the political rivalry between Congress, SP and
BSP in Uttar Pradesh as "shadow boxing", he said leaders who
"change masks to suit their political needs cannot work for
the farmers and the poor. "It is an act of gaddari (treason),"
Attacking Congress-led UPA, the BJP leader said the
government has failed to provide any reprieve to the farmers.
"From where I come, 10,000 farmers have committed suicide
as they have not been able to pay back their loans... while a
Mercedes is available at an interest of 8 per cent, tractor
loans are available at 12.5 per cent. This is the result of the
wrong policies of UPA, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Sonia
Gandhi," he said.
Targeting Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, he
said 50,000 crore tonne wheat and rice is allowed to rot.
"According to Sharad Pawar, it is later sold to distilleries
for alcohol production," he said.