Friday, March 9, 2012

[ZESTCaste] Mayawati quits on a bitter note

Mayawati quits on a bitter note
fe Bureau
Posted online: 2012-03-08 21:20:00+05:30

LucknowUttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati exited from her office on
a bitter note, alleging that the new Samajwadi Party will put her
welfare programmes in cold storage and take Uttar Pradesh backwards.

"When I took over the state it was in a very bad shape and I have
single-handedly developed UP on my own. But I fear that the SP, which
did no development work during its previous regime, will put halt all
the development work that I have done and put the state back by many
years," she said whikle addressing mediapersons soon after tendering
her resignation to Governor B L Joshi after facing a rout in the
assembly elections.

Holding the opposition parties as well as the media responsible for
her rout, Mayawati said the media built wrong perceptions about her
government and very soon, the people of the state will get fed up with
the functioning of the 'goonda' SP government and remember the good
governance during the BSP rule."

Trying to put the blame of the rout on a number of factors, Mayawati
accusing the Congress and the BJP of raising the minority sub-quota
bogey mid-way during the UP polls for their political gains, which
eventually helped in transferring the Muslim votes to Samajwadi Party
on a large scale.

Mayawati said 70 per cent of the Muslim votes had gone to the SP due
to the minority reservation issue and alleged that the BJP also tried
to attract the upper castes and the OBCs towards them for electoral

"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," she claimed.

Mayawati claimed that her core votebank, the dalits, did not get
divided and had remained with the BSP.

"All across the state, the Dalits have voted for the BSP. This is the
reason the BSP is number two. Otherwise, it would have been left far
behind.... My position would have been like that of Lalu Prasad in
Bihar," she said.

She also held the Centre responsible for working against the
development of the state.


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