Mirzapur (Uttar Pradesh): Hitting out at the Congress, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati Saturday slammed its leadership for shedding “crocodile tears” over the killing of Muslim youths in an “anti-terrorist” operation at Delhi’s Batla house.
“If the Congress leadership was truly sincere on the issue, why did it not concede the popular demand for an independent judicial probe into the encounter?” Mayawati asked at a huge election rally in this Uttar Pradesh district.
She was referring to union Law Minister Salman Khurshid’s claim that Congress president Sonia Gandhi almost burst into tears when she was shown pictures of the Batla House gunfight.
Mayawati sought to alert Muslims against the Congress leadership, whom she accused of “misleading and fooling the entire Muslim community”.
“Why did the Congress-led governments not care to implement the recommendations of the Sachchar Committee if they were really sincere about bringing about upliftment of Muslims,” she asked.
Terming the recently announced reservation of 4.5 percent to Muslims as a political gimmick, she said: “The UPA government’s policy to give reservation to backward Muslims out of the 27 percent quota for OBCs was another way of creating confrontation between OBCs and Muslims.”
“As far as the BSP is concerned, we have even demanded reservation for upper caste poor, but letters written by me in this regard have been gathering dust in the Prime Minister’s Office,” she alleged.
Running down her other political rivals — the Samajwadi Party and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) – Mayawati claimed that the BSP has ensured much more development over the past five years in the state than any other government in the past decades.