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Cong calls Mayawati ringmaster, BSP rally circus

Last Updated: Sunday, March 14, 2010 - 20:20

Lucknow: Terming Bahujan Samaj Party`s maha
rally on Monday as a "circus", Congress Sunday called Uttar
Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati a "ringmaster" controlling the
event and even criticised her for not visiting the trouble-hit
Bareilly district.

"The BSP rally is nothing more than a circus where
Mayawati is a ringmaster," UP Congress Committee president
Rita Bahuguna Joshi told reporters.

She alleged that the rally was a `vulgar exhibition` to
conceal shifting base of the BSP, where government machinery
was being misused and government fund being misutilised.

"Welfare of Dalits, poor, backward and minorities is not
the motive behind organising the rally. It only intends to
give electorates a message that the situation was still under
control despite dwindling base of the BSP," Joshi said.

"It was unfortunate that while Bareilly was witnessing
violence from the last two weeks, Mayawati instead of visiting
the trouble-hit city was making lodging and fooding
arrangements for the people coming for the rally," she said.

Joshi said the CM could not take out time to visit
families of people killed in stampede at Kripaluji Maharaj
ashram at Mangarh and express sympathies.

"Majority of the people killed in the stampede were
either Dalits or most backward," she said.

The UPCC president said Mayawati, who was citing paucity
of fund in distributing compensation to stampede victims, was
spending crores of rupees of decking up the rally ground.


First Published: Sunday, March 14, 2010 - 20:20
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