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PM Modi delivered 'election speech' from Red Fort on Independence Day: Mayawati

The BSP supremo alleged that PM Modi’s speech "failed to infuse" new energy or hope, adding the prime minister "failed to assure the safety of life" and property of people which is of utmost importance.

Edited by: India TV Politics Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: August 15, 2018 19:04 IST ]

Mayawati- File photo

Attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his Independence Day address from the ramparts of the Red Fort, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) president Mayawati on Wednesday said that it was an "election speech in his political style".

The BSP supremo alleged that PM Modi’s speech "failed to infuse" new energy or hope, adding the prime minister "failed to assure the safety of life" and property of people which is of utmost importance.

"The speech was an election speech given in a totally political style ... it would have been better had the annual speech from the Red Fort not been used to serve political interests," the BSP chief said in a party release issued here.

"The BJP government needs to give the account of usefulness of policies and work in Parliament while the speech at the Red Fort needs to extend hope and confidence among the people to deal with the new challenges facing the country," she said.

"But, it seems that the BJP is not going to rise above its narrow and vindictive politics ... this seems impossible especially in view of the coming (Lok Sabha) elections," Mayawati said.

Lamenting that the speech was used to speak about the works done by his government in the over four years, she said Modi has been doing this also in his rallies and election meetings as well as in Parliament.

Maywati also questioned the prime minister's "silence" over the fast changing political situation and dangers facing the economy which has affected petrol, diesel, rupee, and the lives of Indians settled abroad. 

(With PTI inputs)

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