Mayawati Tramples Opposition's Charges
TNN | Dec 19, 2011, 04.39AM IST
LUCKNOW: Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati defended her family and
party leaders against the corruption charges levelled by the
The Bahujan Samaj Party chief said her rivals are making baseless
charges because they do not have any issue against her government in
the assembly election. She said people have to choose between BSP's
good governance on one hand and the misrule of Congress, goonda raj of
SP and communalism of BJP on the other.
"People need to exercise their franchise judiciously for the future of
the state," Maya said while addressing a large crowd at BSP's Muslim,
Kshatriya and Vaishya brotherhood convention here on Sunday.
Mayawati answered the opposition charges one after another. To the BJP
leaders, who have accused her family members of running ghost
companies for money laundering, she said they should to leave it to
the Income Tax department to find out such companies.
In reply to Rahul Gandhi's description of her government as an
elephant (election symbol of BSP) which feeds on currency notes, Maya
said Congress has lost its mental balance, that's why they are imaging
a money-eating-elephant. She also came down on Rahul for supporting
the FDI in retail sector.
"Traders (Vaishya community) should see that Rahul favours FDI in
retail, which, if implemented, would render crores of people jobless
and destroy small and cottage industry in the state," BSP chief said.
Describing the Congress as the fountainhead of corruption, Mayawati
said: "The number of scams under the UPA government expose the
corruption of the Congress."
Taking on the Samajwadi Party, she said traders have not forgotten how
mafia and criminals used to extort money from them under Mualyam's
rule. She also raised the issue of black money and said that neither
the Congressled UPA government nor the BJP-led NDA government did
anything to bring back black money stashed in foreign countries. This,
Maya said, proves that leaders of both the parties have accounts in
tax havens abroad.
Mayawati also blamed 40 years of Congress rule for the backwardness of
the state and large-scale migration of workers and labourers from UP
to other states for livelihood. Now, she said, Rahul Gandhi calls UP
migrants as beggars.
In comparison, Mayawati said, her government not only took action
against criminals and corrupt but also established the rule of law by
taking action even against her party leaders. Raising the issue of the
division of states, she said her government passed the resolution to
divide UP into four parts for better administration and development
but the Centre has not responded to it.
Demanding quota for poor among upper castes to woo Kshatriyas,
Mayawati said that her government has brought the best land
acquisition policy in the country and has worked for the all round
development of the state. "UP got first prize for high agriculture
productivity and urban management.
The state would be self sufficient in electricity by 2014 due to the
projects initiated by my government," she said. Mayawati accused the
Centre for neglecting UP. "I had recommended a separate bench of
Allahabad high court at Meerut in west UP and requested the Prime
Minister to take up the issue of floods in rivers originating from
Nepal but nothing has been done," she said.
The BSP chief described the right to food law proposed by the UPA
government as a promise which will be forgotten after elections. She
also gave a slogan to her party workers for the coming election -
"Chhadh Vipakhsi Ki Chhati Par, Button Daba Hathi Par".
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