Hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi targeted Bahujan Samaj Party in BJP’s mahaparivartan rally here, BSP chief Mayawati claimed that despite all out efforts, the rally was a "flop show" and that gathering did not accept PM as a "UP-walla".
"The mahaparivartan rally of the prime minister was a total flop show as it was a mere congregation of ticket-seekers and a hired crowd," Mayawati said in a press release.
"Despite BJP national president Amit Shah repeatedly asking the people at the rally, they remained silent and did not appear ready to accept that Modi (who represents the state in Lok Sabha) is from Uttar Pradesh," Mayawati claimed.
Reacting to the prime minister's remark at the rally that the recent BHIM mobile app launched by the government was in commemoration of Bhimrao Ambedkar, she alleged that it was aimed at "misguiding the Dalits".
"The Bharat Interface for Money app is being propagated as 'BHIM'. Had his (Modi's) intentions been really good, it could have clearly been named after Baba Saheb," the BSP chief added.
She also took a dig at the Modi government for the "new year gift" to the people of raising petrol and diesel prices.
Earlier, Modi attacked rival parties, saying those preoccupied with saving blackmoney and their families cannot bring development.
Targeting BSP and Samajwadi Party (SP), the PM said the two never see eye-to-eye on any issue but are now together demanding his removal as he is working to root out blackmoney.
"Have you ever seen SP and BSP together..if SP says it is sunrise, the BSP will say it is sunset. After so many years both have come together on an issue and are saying 'Modi ko badlo' (change Modi), 'Modi ko hatao' (remove Modi) but Modi is saying change your notes, remove blackmoney," he said at party's mahaparivartan rally here.
There is another party "whose worry is where to keep money. It is looking for banks far and wide," the PM said in an apparent swipe at Mayawati-led BSP, which has come under scanner for alleged huge bank deposits post demonetisation.
(With PTI inputs)