I hold master key to power, thunders Mayawati
Indo-Asian News Service
Agra, February 21, 2012
Chief minister of Uttar Pradesh Mayawati gestures as she addresses an
election rally at Sitapur, near Lucknow. India's biggest state, Uttar
Pradesh, will be choosing its state assembly in elections starting
next week. AP/Saurabh Das
"I hold the master key to power," thundered Uttar Pradesh chief
minister Mayawati at an election rally in Agra on Tuesday in which she
blasted Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi.
Addressing thousands at Kothi Meena Bazar ground in Agra, the Bahujan
Samaj Party (BSP) chief called
upon Agra's Dalits to vote for her if they wanted a Dalit to remain at
the helm of affairs.
Calling Rahul Gandhi a "Yuvraj", she said: "If you vote for the
Congress, all the poor and unemployed would have to go to other states
to earn their livelihood."
A victory of the Samajwadi Party in the ongoing assembly elections
would only usher in "goonda, badmash and mafia-run jungle raj", she
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), she said, would only bring back
communal and feudal politics.
"The state under BSP has been free of communal tensions and people
have lived in amity," she said, referring to the five years since 2007
when the BSP took power on its own.
In her 50-minute speech, she made fun of the claims of other political outfits.
She accused the Congress-led central government of creating hurdles in
Uttar Pradesh's development.
"The high court benches in Meerut and Agra have to be cleared by the
centre. Many of our financial problems are the result of centre's lack
of support," Mayawati charged.
Ending her speech on an emotive note, Mayawati said: "If you want a
Dalit ki beti (Dalit's daughter) as your chief minister again, vote
for the BSP."
And she added to thunderous applause: "Today I hold the master key to power."
Mayawati said the BSP did not believe in election manifestos.
She warned that small shopkeepers and businessmen would be without
work if the Congress allowed foreign direct investment in retail
Mayawati said the Election Commission had hurt the feelings of Dalits
by ordering the covering up of elephant statues across Uttar Pradesh
because the animal was the election symbol of her party.
And in a mocking tone, she thanked the media for giving the elephants
and her party so much publicity for free.
In 2007, the BSP won six of nine seats in Agra district.
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