Mayawati: We believe in action, not in statements or manifesto

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Mayawati: We believe in action, not in statements or manifesto

Saturday, 13 April 2024 | PNS | Lucknow

Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati, on Thursday, said that her party does not release election manifestos as the party believes in action and not just in making statements.

“Our party believes in demonstrating actions rather than just making statements. That is why we never issue election manifestos. The strongest evidence of this approach lies in our track record in Uttar Pradesh, where we formed the government four times without releasing any election manifesto. We worked for the welfare of the extremely poor, marginalised and Dalit communities in Uttar Pradesh without relying on mere promises,” Mayawati said at a public rally in Nagpur, Maharashtra.

She urged people to vote for her party and not be swayed by the Bharatiya Janata Party’s persuasive tactics. She added, “Just as we formed a government in Uttar Pradesh without issuing election manifestos, we will work similarly if we come to power at the national level.”

“As the opposition parties release their election manifestos, especially the BJP, it is crucial for you to distance yourself from their persuasive tactics. In the interest of the nation and the state, you should cast your vote for our party, the BSP, rather than giving it to the BJP, Congress, or any other ruling or opposition party. Just as we formed a government in Uttar Pradesh without issuing election manifestos, we will work similarly if we come to power at the national level,” she said.

Meanwhile, Mayawati accused the BJP of helping capitalists, the rich and taking financial assistance from them through electoral bonds. Mayawati said that her party did not take a single penny through this scheme. The BSP chief asserted that no ‘jumla’ or guarantee will work for the BJP in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections as the people have realised that not even one-fourth of the promises made by the ruling party have been fulfilled and they are yet to see ‘achhe din’.

She also questioned the reliability of electronic voting machines (EVMs). She said the BJP would not come to power easily at the Centre this time because of its “casteist, capitalist, narrow-minded and hate-filled” policies if free and fair elections were held and the EVMs were not tampered with. She alleged that the BJP has put most of its efforts in making capitalists richer.

The BSP chief said the BJP and most other political parties run organisations and contest elections with the financial support of capitalists and rich people and this had been revealed by the electoral bond data released by the State Bank of India.

“They took money from the rich, but the BSP has not taken a single penny from any capitalist or rich people through electoral bonds,” Mayawati said.

She said the poor, Dalits, adivasis, backward communities, Muslims and other minorities had not made much progress in the country because of the casteist, communal and pro-capitalist policies of the BJP and the Congress.

Mayawati alleged that the vacant government posts reserved for Dalits, tribals and Other Backward Classes (OBC) have not been filled for many years. The former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh said that the condition of Dalits as well as Muslims and other religious minorities in the country was very bad and this was also revealed in the Sachar Committee Report 2006.

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