BSP, SP and the Congress are one and had the same face: Sushma Swaraj

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Noida: Accusing the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) of cheating the Dalits in Uttar Pradesh, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Sunday said that the ruling party had exploited the socially marginalised people instead of empowering them.

“The ‘sarvajan hitay’ (everyone’s welfare) policy of the BSP government became Swajan Hitay (self and kin’ welfare). The Dalit utthan (upliftment) converted into Dalit Prerna Sthals (inspiration centres) and Dalit vikas (development) shaped into huge parks of Rs.600 crores,” BJP leader Sushma Swaraj said at a rally here while campaigning for party candidate doctor Mahesh Sharma.

“No one has ever heard of an alive person (referring to Mayawati) observing his own shraddh (ritual held after death). It was the first example,” Swaraj said, while referring to the statues of Chief Minster and BSP supremo Mayawati built by her.

“There was an open plunder of government machinery and the people cried and just felt helpless during this regime. They promised everything to the people before last polls but today, their balance sheet is zero. They have no accomplishment to boast of,” the BJP leader said.

The party said all three parties – the BSP, the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Congress – were one and had the same face, which could not hide in parliament when the SP voted for the Congress-led central government and also arranged other MPs on an crucial national issue like the nuclear deal.

“Every time a major issue came up in parliament, BSP and SP members supported the Congress by either walking out or voting for them,” Sushma Swaraj said.

She said the BJP was the only option, before the people in the country, which had no alignment with these parties.

“They all claim to be concerned about farmers but what were they doing when the Noida farmers were weeping,” she said.

“There was a well-hatched conspiracy to snatch land from the farmers,” she said.

The leader of opposition in Lok Sabha, said: “The BJP was opposed to any kind of reservation based on religion. We treat every religion equally but would not tolerate anybody sloganeering for Pakistan on a day of India-Pakistan match.”

“They are no less than traitors who remain silent on atrocities committed by terrorists but advocate for their rights,” she said.

Uttarkhand Chief Minister B.C. Khanduri said the state had offered a wonderful Lokayukta model for other states to follow and curtail corruption.