Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati on Sunday accused the Narendra Modi-led BJP of politicising the deaths of Army jawans in Jammu & Kashmir, saying while the entire country was worried and saddened, the PM was trying to “hide his failures” under the garb of the incident.
Ms. Mayawati made the statement before holding a meeting of top office-bearers of the BSP here in preparation for the 2019 Lok Sabha election. She cautioned her workers against the BJP’s strategy and narrative on the Pulwama attacks and the airstrikes that followed.
After the meeting, Ms. Mayawati issued a statement saying that even after the Pulwama attack, the BJP did not let go of its “parochial politics.” This made people feel that the security and honour of the country were not in strong and secure hands, Ms. Mayawati said.
The BSP chief, whose party is contesting 38 seats out of the 80 in Uttar Pradesh as part of an alliance with the Samajwadi Party, asked her workers to reach out to the families of the CRPF jawans who were killed in Pulwama, as much as possible and “share their pain and sorrow.” She said it was necessary as after the initial formalities, the government leaves such families to fend for themselves.
Call to forget differences
The coordination between the workers of the BSP and the SP was a key part of the meeting. Ms. Mayawati asked both workers to settle and forget any minor or major “grievances or differences” they shared and work collectively to make the alliance a success at any cost.
The four-time former Chief Minister said it was important to defeat the “anti-poor and arrogant” BJP in interest of the country and the people and in order to save the Constitution.
The four-time former Chief Minister also described the BJP government as being anti-Dalit and anti-OBC reservation, saying apart from running the “conspiracy” to make reservation “ineffective” at all levels, quota vacancies were also not being filled deliberately to deprive members of these communities of government jobs.