Having faced severe criticism for having spent a fortune in building statues across the state capital Lucknow during her tenure as Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati said on Tuesday said that if elected to power, her government would not erect statues or monuments.
Speaking at a campaign rally in Ghaziabad, she said, “If I come to power, my government will neither erect monuments nor distribute free laptops and smartphones like Samajwadi Party”.
She, instead, said that she will provide direct cash incentives to the weaker sections of the society.
“For local developmental issues of Gautam Budh Nagar, Ghaziabad and Hapur, we will allocate whatever sum can be earmarked from the government treasury,” she said.
Addressing the rally, the BSP supremo assured her voters of working for development and criticised the Samajwadi Party government for poor law and order situation in the state.
She said that the SP’s vote bank has already been divided between the two factions belonging to chief minister Akhilesh Yadav and his uncle Shivpal Yadav.
She went on to urge her supporters to ensure BJP’s defeat in the UP election since the party is “working towards ending caste-based reservation system in the country”.
People across the country are hit by demonetisation which left the workers unemployed and compelled them to migrate from work places to back to their villages and only a few capitalists were benefitted by the move as their black money had been converted into white, she alleged.
Asking people not to vote for BJP, Mayawati said the party was meting out step-motherly treatment to minority community and trying to abolish 'Triple Talaq' system.
On Tuesday, while addressing an election rally at Agra’s Kothi Meena Bazar ground, Mayawati took a dig at the Samajwadi Party's (SP) free laptops and smartphones schemes, saying that ‘if her party gets an overwhelming majority in the upcoming polls, she will distribute cash to the people in the state’.
She had also attacked the Congress-Samajwadi Party alliance, saying ‘Muslim voters should not get swayed by the alliance and waste their precious votes by supporting it’.
"The Central government has failed to work on the recommendations of the Sachchar Committee. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had promised to bring black money from abroad, but no action has been taken yet," she said.