Lucknow, March 7, 2012
Majority of Muslim votes went to SP: Mayawati
Accusing Congress and BJP of raising the minority sub-quota issue
mid-way during the UP polls for their political gains, BSP supremo
Mayawati on Wednesday said this helped in large-scale transfer of
Muslim votes to Samajwadi Party.
Talking to reporters soon after submitting her resignation to UP
Governor B L Joshi, Ms. Mayawati said 70 per cent of the Muslim votes
had gone to the SP due to the minority reservation issue.
"You all know that Congress raised the issue of reservation for
backward Muslims for their political gains soon after the Vidhan Sabha
elections were declared and this was opposed strongly to by the BJP,"
Ms. Mayawati said.
She alleged that the BJP also tried to attract the upper castes and
the OBCs towards them for electoral benefits.
"Due to this, there was a fear in the Muslim community that the BJP
may come to power. Finding the Congress weak and thinking that the
OBCs and upper castes would vote for the BJP, Muslims voted not for
the Congress but the SP," Ms. Mayawati claimed.
She said there were apprehensions in the minds of Muslims that the
upper castes and OBCs would not vote for the BSP and, hence, they
voted for the SP.
Except the Dalits, the Hindu votes-particularly those of upper castes
got divided among many parties and the SP gained from this, she said.
"70 per cent of the Muslim votes were transferred to the SP," Ms. Mayawati said.
Ms. Mayawati claimed that the Dalit votes did not get divided and
remained with the BSP.
"All across the state, the Dalits have voted for the BSP. This is the
reason the BSP is number 2. Otherwise, it would have been left far
behind.... My position would have been like that of Lalu (Prasad) in
Bihar," she said.
The out-going chief minister alleged that the new SP government will
put her welfare programmes in cold storage and take the state
backwards by many years.
"Very soon the people of the state will get fed up with the
functioning of the SP government and remember the good governance
during the BSP rule," she said.
Enumerating the various welfare schemes of her government, she alleged
that the Centre's attitude towards the state during her rule was
Ms. Mayawati indicated that she would work towards reviving her party
in the coming days.
"Our party will revive its cadre and work on taking the state out of
the Hindu-Muslim mindset," she said, adding that the BSP would also
woo other communities into the party—fold.
The BSP chief also hit out at the media for keeping the minority
sub—quote issue alive by highlighting the issue repeatedly during the
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