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Mayawati's Birthday rally: A flop show?

 

MRIDU SINGH | New Delhi, January 17, 2014 11:48
Tags : Arvind Kejriwal |Muzaffarnagar |Uttar Pradesh |Mayawati |Samajwadi Party | Shivpal Singh Yadav |BSP |
 
AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal is defining benchmarks the way the Indian politicians are addressing their supporters. BSP supremo Mayawati, who till last year was seen spending crores of rupees on decorating Lucknow and dalit leaders’ monuments on her birthday has scrapped the expenses for this year’s celebrations. On former UP chief minister’s her 58th birthday, a massive rally called the “Savdhan Vishal Maharally” was conducted on the outskirts of Lucknow where the leader announced of her Bahujan Samaj Party contesting the Lok Sabha elections alone this year. The crowd roared approving her call to unite and fight together when the BSP chief said, “We have to unite all Dalits throughout the country.
Then we have to get on board Muslims and upper castes. The BSP’s policy has to be ‘bhaichara’ (brotherhood).” She accused the Congress and the BJP of conspiring with the Samajwadi Party to keep her from rising. At present, the state of Uttar Pradesh elects 80, the highest number of parliamentarians in the country – of which 21 are from the BSP. However, other political parties called the rally ‘a flop show’, alleging that the BSP made a mockery of the poor and the Muzaffarnagar riot victims. Shivpal Singh Yadav, UP’s Public Works Department Minister said that the sympathy shown by the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister for the people was mere eyewash.
 
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Issue Dated: Feb 5, 2017