Mayawati charges Congress with backing farmers` agitation

The BSP accused its political opponents of hatching conspiracies to weaken the party and asserted that it would not bow down to any such tactics.

Chandigarh: The BSP on Sunday accused its
political opponents of hatching conspiracies to weaken the
party and asserted that it would not bow down to any such
tactics.

"After BSP came to power in Uttar Pradesh, the opposition
parties with caste-based mindset tried to inflate minor
incidents to make the party instable," BSP supremo and Uttar
Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati said at the North Zone
convention of the party here.

She alleged that the opposition was causing hindrances in
the pro-poor policies adopted by her government in Uttar
Pradesh, by taking issues to courts.

"I will not bow down to the conspiracies of political
opponents to run down BSP," she asserted while adding that
"she had not come to power like other political parties whose
leaders got it in inheritance".

The BSP chief also blamed Congress for the recent
farmers` protests demanding higher compensation for their
lands. "Congress was only responsible for the demonstrations
by the peasantry."

She advocated a uniform land acquisition policy for the
entire country. "We will raise the issue in Parliament for
brining uniform land acquisition policy," she said.

Mayawati alleged that the Congress under a conspiracy
kept troubling her through CBI in an alleged disproportionate
assets case against her. But, "I know how to struggle in
trouble times," she said.

Mayawati also alleged that the wrong economic policies of
the Congress governments since independence were responsible
for poverty and unemployment in the country.

"The Centre`s various programmes have miserably failed in
removing poverty from the country," she said.

She demanded an amendment in the law framed to list Below
Poverty Line (BPL) families so that maximum people can get the
benefits under various schemes meant for them.

The BSP chief castigated the Congress-led UPA government
for various scams plaguing the country and claimed that the
money collected through corrupt means was being kept in
foreign banks.

She said the poverty and unemployment could not be
eradicated as the parties coming to power at the Centre were
not cadre based.

"As these parties come to the power due to support of
industrial houses and big businessmen, the economic policies
are framed to help such people...these parties are always
under the influence of the industrialists and businessmen" she
said.

While listing development agenda of the Uttar Pardesh
government, she appealed to people to bring BSP in power in
other states too.

"If you want to get rid of all problems then bring BSP to
power," she said in the view of Assembly polls in Punjab early
next year.

Exuding confidence that the BSP would do well in the
polls, Mayawati said the party would contest the upcoming
assembly polls in Punjab independently. "People from all
sections of the society will be given party ticket," she
added.

PTI

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