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

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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.

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