On the occasion of her 63rd birthday, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati took a step towards garnering votes in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, as she pitched for increased representation of the community in government jobs and reservation based on economic status.
The former Uttar Pradesh chief minister said on Tuesday: “There was a time when Muslims had almost 33% representation in government jobs but today, it has come down to merely 2-3 per cent. They are also being targeted as was seen in the recent past when there was an issue related to offering Friday prayers.”
Mayawati, on her 63rd birthday, said her biggest gift would be for workers of BSP and SP to put their past bitterness behind and ensure victory in Uttar Pradesh in the national election, as India’s largest state will also decide who will be the next prime minister. “This year my birthday is being celebrated very close to the Lok Sabha elections. SP and BSP have put aside their interests to oust BJP from UP.” Urging both party leaders to forget past differences in the interest of the country, the UP supremo continued, “this will be the best birthday gift for me.”
Launching a scathing attack on the BJP, Mayawati accused the government of betraying the people of the country–may it be the farmers, the poor or the students — as the govt failed to fulfill any of the promises.
“PM Modi makes tall promises in his rallies, but just like every other time, we believe that this time too, all the promises will be shelved.”
“There should be a proper mechanism for defense purchases to avoid fiascos like Bofors and Rafale,” she said. Attacking the BJP over the prevailing law and order situation in the country, she said agencies like the Central Bureau of Investigation were being misused. “A fine example in front of you is SP chief Akhilesh Yadav,” she added.
Source – News18