Don’t Waste Vote on SP, Mayawati tells Muslims
‘If BJP wins...either...reservation would be brought to an end or it would be rendered ineffective’ Uttarakhand Poll % Revised Downward
Lucknow | Gonda: BSP supremo Mayawati on Tuesday warned the Muslim electors in UP against voting for the Samajwadi Party as their votes would not only go “waste” but directly benefit the BJP. “If you vote for Samajwadi Party, not only your vote will go waste but may directly benefit the BJP. You should vote en masse for BSP and not SP,” Mayawati told election rallies in the poll-bound state, in remarks that fly in the face of the Supreme Court verdict on use of religion during elections.
Mayawati, while appealing to the Muslims to vote for her party, accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP of trying to give “casteist and communal tinge” to the poll campaign in UP.
“In the past couple of days, BJP and its top leaders, including the PM, have been issuing wrong statements after assessing that the party has fared badly in the first three phases of polling,” she said in a statement in Lucknow.
“PM says BJP does not indulge in caste and communal politics, but this is wrong,” Mayawati said, also citing the Rohith Vemula case. In Gonda, she warned: “If BJP wins, it wouldnothesitateinimplementing the RSS agenda. This means that either the system of reservation would be brought to an end or it would be rendered ineffective.” The EC has corrected its poll percentage figures for Uttarakhand, saying of the electorate in the state cast their votes as against announced earlier. Releasing final figures of polling percentage here on Monday, office of the chief electoral officer (CEO) said 65.64% voters cast their votes. At the end of polling on February 15, the CEO had announce that a record 68% voters had exercised their franchise across the state.