Mayawati wants Muslim votes, I want the rest of votes: CM Yogi

UP CM Yogi Adityanath launched a scathing attack at BSP supremo Mayawati for her speech at the Deoband rally jointly addressed by SP-BSP-RLD top brass Sunday. In her speech at the rally in Saharanpur district, the BSP supremo made a plea to Muslims to vote for the (SP-BSP-RLD) alliance and not split votes by voting for Congress, which she stressed that she was not really strong enough to take on the BJP.

Adityanath stated that Mayawati’s statement totally goes against the principles of BSP founder Kanshi Ram and social reformer BR Ambedkar.

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“Agar unhe keval Muslim vote chahiye to swabhavik roop se doosra vote bhi tay kar lega ki kahan jana hai (If she wants only Muslim votes, then it is only natural that the rest of the votes will decide whom to go with),” UP CM Yogi Adityanath said on Monday.

The chief electoral of UP had sought a report from Saharanpur district magistrate over comments made by Mayawati to find out if her comments breached the Model Code of Conduct (MCC). The MCC which was sparked into effect with the announcement of the election schedule, states that “there shall be no appeal to any caste or communal feelings for securing votes”.

“People of all community live in Western Uttar Pradesh…in Saharanpur, Bareilly where there is a sizeable Muslim population and I want to ask them not to divide your votes by voting for Congress. Give your votes to SP-BSP and RLD alliance,” she said the rally jointly held with Samajwadi Party after 20 years in Deoband.

UP chief electoral office L Venkateshwarlu said he had received a lot of complaints about the Mayawati’s speech.

It should be noted that UP has a notable Muslim and Jat population which can prove to be a significant factor in deciding the election result in a state which sends the maximum number of MPs (80) to Lok Sabha.

The general elections will be held in 7 phases in UP starting from April 11 till May 19 and the counting will be done on May 23.