Mayawati quits, warns against SP's hooliganism
Lucknow, March 7 (IANS): Uttar Pradesh was likely to witness a wave
of hooliganism as the Samajwadi Party (SP) had been voted back to
power in the State, outgoing Chief Minister Mayawati said today
shortly after submitting her resignation.
In her first comments after her Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) was routed
in the State on Tuesday, Mayawati told reporters that the State would
now taste "SP culture" as had become evident in the last 24 hours.
Citing incidents of violence in Jhansi, Firozabad and Sambhal where SP
workers indulged in violence Tuesday, Maya said that very soon the
state would remember "her good governance" and repent the verdict that
they gave in favour of the SP.
Blaming the Congress and BJP of conniving to oust her from power and
get a SP government, she also accused the Congress-led United
Progressive Alliance (UPA) government of "harbouring a negative
mindset" against her and the State government. She also blamed the
media for "unnecessarily hyping irrelevant issues".
Asked whether scandals like the rural health scam had impacted on the
party, the outgoing Chief Minister answered in the negative and said
that knives would be out for the Congress, the Bharatiya Janata Party
(BJP) as well as the media when people faced the hooliganism of the SP
In Mayawati's view, Muslims voted in large numbers for the SP and
Mulayam Singh Yadav and this probably cost her the job. She, however,
underlined that her Dalit vote bank was intact and numbers would have
slipped further had that not been the case.
Mayawati said 70 percent of Muslim votes went to the SP as the
Congress appeared weak.
While the SP got an emphatic verdict of 224 seats in the 403-member
assembly, the BSP was reduced to just 80 seats, down 126 from the 206
it got in the 2007 assembly polls.
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