Friday, March 9, 2012

[ZESTCaste] Mayawati blames Congress, BJP for polarisation of Muslim vote

http://www.thestatesman.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=402409&catid=35

Mayawati blames Congress, BJP for polarisation of Muslim vote

7 March 2012

Press Trust of India

LUCKNOW, 7 MARCH: Uttar Pradesh chief minister Miss Mayawati today
blamed Congress and BJP for polarisation of Muslim votes in favour of
the Samajwadi Party on the minority sub-quota issue and rejected
suggestions that corruption charges led to her defeat.

Addressing a Press conference after tendering her resignation to UP
Governor BL Joshi, she 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.

"The Congress announcing reservation to backward Muslims led to BJP
wooing backwards and upper castes forcefully which caused fear among
the Muslims that it (BJP) could return to power in UP and almost 70
per cent of them voted in favour of the Samajwadi Party," the BSP
supremo said. Except the Dalits, the Hindu votes ~ particularly those
of upper castes ~ got divided among many parties and the SP gained
from this, she said.

To a question on whether corruption charges against her government
including the NRHM scam were responsible for the defeat, she said she
did not think so. Replying to another query, she said that her party
has not been rejected by the people. "Had that been the case, we would
also faced a fate similar to Lalu Yadav in Bihar.... We have got 80
seats", she said.


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