Bahujan Samaj (BSP) party leader Mayawati on Saturday reiterated her demand for Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honor, for her mentor and BSP founder Kanshi Ram, even as she called for the ban on pre-polls for the UP Assembly elections to be held early. Next year.
She said she would write to the Election Commission to demand that polls by media organizations and other agencies be banned six months before any election so that polls in the state concerned are not influenced by it.
Addressing BSP officials in Lucknow on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of Kanshi Ram’s death at a memorial built in his memory, Mayawati said, “I bow to Kanshi Ram ji on this occasion. ”
She cited the case of pre-ballot inquiries that predicted losses for the Trinamool Congress of Mamata Banerjee in the West Bengal Assembly elections. “Before the polls Mamata Banerjee was lagging behind, but when the results came in she won by an overwhelming majority and the hopes of those who dreamed of reaching power were dashed,” she said.
Accusing some agencies of being in the “dhandha” (business) of pre-election investigations, Mayawati said a ban on pre-polls was needed to stop this. In the recent past, Mayawati has also expressed his displeasure with such pre-election surveys predicting gains for the BJP and alleged that it was part of a plot to downplay his party’s impact ahead of the UP 2022 polls. .
Claiming that the people of the UP decided to overthrow the BJP, Mayawati alleged that the governments of the ruling center and UP party were misusing official mechanisms for electoral gains.
“I would like to call on people not to waste their vote on the BJP,” she said. She also claimed the BJP could put a community spin on things ahead of the 2022 UP polls. “We know that the BJP ultimately resorts to putting a Hindu-Muslim twist and seeks an advantage through polarization,” she said, urging executives to be wary of such things.
Former BJP ally Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP) and a Dalit Bhim Army organization led by Chandrashekhar Azad are active ahead of the elections. SBSP chief Om Prakash Rajbhar claimed Azad would be part of his Bhagidari Sankalp Morcha, an organization comprising various small caste-based parties.
Without naming any particular small party, Mayawati also warned executives against them. “Various small parties or organizations want to stand for election independently or together. But their main objective is not to win the elections but to quietly help the party in power, ”she said.
She also alleged that before the elections, the BJP government had started to resort to caste politics and cited the recent function of laying the foundation stone of a university on behalf of a leader of the Jat community and the unveiling of a statue of a leader of the Gurjar community in UP.