Hitting out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday, Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati termed his government a ‘sinking ship’ and claimed that the Bharatiya Janata Party’s ideological mentor Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh was also deserting it.
“Modi’s government is a sinking ship. The proof of this is that even the RSS has abandoned it. Owing to public anger over non-fulfilment of poll promises, the RSS workers are not seen campaigning for the BJP anywhere. Because of this, Prime Minister Modi is nervous,” the former chief minister of UP tweeted in Hindi.
“A PM who can run the country in accordance with welfare spirit of Constitution is needed,” Mayawati said in a series of tweets.
The BSP chief’s sharp words came a day after her vitriolic attack on Modi for enacting drama with his love for Dalits and taunting him on his wife. Her comments invited strong reactions from the BJP, which condemned the Dalit leader. saying that she was unfit for public life.
On Tuesday, the BSP chief also took a jibe at temple visits by politicians, saying it had become a ‘fashion’ for candidates contesting election to offer prayers before campaigning or casting votes. She urged the Election Commission to stop the media from covering these events.
On Monday, Congress’ Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath had offered prays at Mahakaleshwar temple in Ujjain.
Exuding confidence of doing well in the ongoing elections, Mayawati said that people had experienced “enough deceit due to the dual-character of some leaders”.
“But this time, it is not going to happen,” she added.
Mayawati, who is not known for staging roadshows, also pressed for cost of such events to be included in candidates’ poll expenditure.
On Sunday, a war of words broke out between Mayawati and Modi over the gangrape of a Dalit girl in Rajasthan’s Alwar district. The Prime Minister accused the BSP chief of shedding crocodile tears and dared her to withdraw support to the Congress government in Rajasthan.
In her repartee, Mayawati termed the Prime Minister/s statement as dirty politics and asked him to resign.
Later on Tuesday, Mayawati, in her address at a rally in Ballia, sought to revive her plank of inclusive politics of `Sarvajan Hitay Sarvjan Sukhay’.
Satnam Pandey, a Brahmin, is Samajwadi Party candidate from Ballia Lok Sabha seat.
Asking the locals to ensure that each vote went for the alliance, Mayawati said that development of eastern UP would only take place after the alliance came to power at the Centre.