Lucknow, May 13: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati today lashed out at BJP for publishing a booklet on “fake scams” against her government and said the opposition parties were spreading “canards” about her administration as they have no real issues.
“As the opposition parties, including BJP, are left with no other issues against the state government which has given a very good governance. They, under a planned conspiracy, spreading canards about the working style of the government and BJP has gone ahead by releasing a booklet of fake scams to mislead the people,” she said while addressing a function to mark completion of four-year of her government.
Yesterday, Mayawati accused the opposition parties of spreading “lies and rumours” and doing “dirty politics” over the issue of farmers' agitation in the state. BJP recently released a 400-page book ‘Mayawati Sarkar Ke 100 Ghotale - Scams in Uttar Pradesh'. On the BJP booklet which mentions 100 scams of the BSP government, she said they are mere rhetorics and not worthy enough for her to institute an inquiry.
“But I would definitely ask the BJP leaders to come out with the evidence of its charges to prove them before the people or it would be proved that it is not a party which practices principled politics as they claim,” she said. Terming BJP as the “number one” party in the country spreading rumours, she said it had done the same during the last Vidhan Sabha elections to harm the BSP by releasing a book but it was reduced to the third spot. Again they have adopted same tactics, she added.
The chief minister was specially critical of BJP President Nitin Gadkari who she said used flowery (unsavoury) language against the BSP during a meeting in Varanasi recently. She said though her people advised her to give a befitting reply to Gadkari but she decided against it as she came from a cultured family.
“It appears that BJP president has not been brought up in a cultured family,” she said, adding she prayed that he get some values as this has been earning a bad name for the BJP.
Warning people against the designs of opposition parties to mislead them, she said there is also an effort to level baseless charges of corruption against her party government and officials.
“If an inquiry is ordered into the working of all the previous governments in state, several of their ministers and officials would have to face action,” she said, adding she wanted to do so.
The chief minister said though she welcomed the campaign against corruption, most of the people in civil society led by Anna Hazare are playing into the hands of political parties.
“Though they come from Maharashtra and there have been several scams in that state as well as other states surrounding it they chose to launch their campaign in Uttar Pradesh proving their anti-dalit mentality as well as political interests,” she said.
“The campaign (anti-corruption) is playing into the hands of the parties with anti-dalit mentality,” she said. Citing the Commonwealth games scam and CD issue, Mayawati said Congress, SP and other parties need not speak on corruption.
Even the BJP which was in power for six years did nothing for bringing black money stacked in foreign banks and it seems that this black money belongs to these party men, she said.
Mayawati, however, said she would stamp out corruption from the state.
On the occasion, she also dispelled any fears among her party men stating that there would be no change in the names of the candidates finalised by her on all the 403 seats for next year's assembly elections.
“Under a conspiracy it is being stated that some of the tickets could be changed so that the probable candidate remain in double minds but I want to clarify that it would not be changed,” she said, adding those who had been denied of party ticket following new delimitation or other reasons would be adjusted elsewhere in Rajya Sabha and corporations.
The chief minister who laid foundation stones and inaugurated development and peoples welfare schemes worth Rs 2,000 crores besides releasing a booklet on achievements of the government during the past four years gave an account of the various works which she claimed that the state carried out through its own resources.
Accusing the Centre of adopting step motherly and biased attitude towards the state, she said the various packages demanded by her from time to time have not found any favour with the centre.
Moreover, she alleged even the centre's contribution to the state or for the central schemes have either been delayed or received too late and that hampered the projects, schemes and development works.
The chief minister rejected the claims of some leaders of the Congress that UP was getting additional help from the centre.
Besides, she termed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's announcements during a recent meeting in Banda district of Bundelkhand as a “political drama”. PTI