MAKING A strong pitch for Muslim support in the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections next year, BSP chief Mayawati on Sunday told the minority community not to “waste” their votes on the Samajwadi Party (SP) or the Congress if they want to defeat the BJP.
She also targeted the BJP government at the Centre, saying the “discrimination against Muslims” has increased since the party came to power, and accused it of trying to gain political mileage from the “terror incidents on India-Pakistan border”.
Addressing a rally here on the occasion of BSP founder Kanshi Ram’s death anniversary, Mayawati said the internal differences in SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav’s family had weakened the party and divided its supporters.
“Akhilesh ke kheme ke log candidate honge, toh Shivpal ke log andar hi andar unhe haraane ki koshish karenge. Aur agar Shivpal ke kheme ke log candidate honge, toh Akhilesh ke log unhe haraane ki koshish karenge. Muslim samaj ko aise me SP ko apna vote dekar kharab nahi karna hai. (If the candidate is from Akhilesh’s camp, Shivpal’s supporters will try to defeat him. If the candidate is from Shivpal’s camp, Akhilesh’s supporters will try to defeat him. In this situation, the Muslim community should not waste its vote on the SP),” she said.
On the Congress, she said the party does not have a vote base, and voting for it will only benefit the BJP.