BSP supremo Mayawati, who is celebrating her 63rd birthday, said that her biggest gift would be for workers of her Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Samajwadi Party to put their past bitterness behind.
She added that the two parties need to ensure victory in Uttar Pradesh in the national election.
It need be mentioned that two leaders have maintained that India’s largest state will also decide who will be the next prime minister.
“UP decides who will come to power in the centre and who will be prime minister. The BSP and SP must fight together, setting aside their differences and ensure the victory of all gathbandhan (alliance) candidates. It will be the biggest gift for me,” said the former chief minister in
her traditional birthday press conference.
On Saturday, when Mayawati and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav announced their alliance, a question on the BSP chief as prime ministerial candidate came up.
Mayawati also made it clear that in her political attacks against the ruling BJP, off-and-on ally Congress would not be spared.
After leaving the Congress out of the UP alliance, the BSP chief today again took aim at Rahul Gandhi’s party.
“Already, fingers are being pointed at the Congress,” she said, launching a detailed critique of the farm loan waivers announced by the new Congress governments in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh.