Addressing a mammoth "Savdhan" (caution) rally in Lucknow, she exhorted party workers and supporters to fan out into every nook and cranny in the country to inform people of the inclusive policies of the BSP.

She asked them to ensure that the "vote transfer" strategy of political rivals against the BSP is countered. "We cannot just keep complaining about the others, we must also devise strategies to defeat this nefarious design of our opponents," she told the crowd, which roared in approval.

Mayawati asked her supporters to ensure that people of all sections, "sarva samaj" (all of society), are brought under the BSP's umbrella, which will unite people from all classes and castes, including the Scheduled Castes, the Scheduled Tribes and the Other Backward Classes.

The former UP chief minister said the time has come to focus on Lok Sabha polls, so that the party bags the maximum number of seats in the state. Uttar Pradesh has 80 Lok Sabha constituencies.

Alleging that the central governments have unleashed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) against her, Mayawati said she was a victim of a political witch hunt that cornered her between 2003-2006.

"I was pushed into trouble between those years, but I never lost hope and am thankful to all those who stood by me then," she said.
    
Urging party workers and supporters to ensure that the BSP returns to power with absolute majority in Uttar Pradesh in the state assembly polls of 2017, Mayawati asked them to ensure that the state sends the maximum number of BSP members to the Lok Sabha.

She took a dig at other parties, saying that her rally was not of people "sitting on chairs, but of people who sit on durries (mats)".

She targeted arch rival Samajwadi Party and accused it of running a mafia government in the state. “The state has turned into a ‘crime pradesh’,” she said, demanding the imposition of President's rule.

Despite extending support to the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government at the Centre during its second term in office, Mayawati lashed out at the Congress-led government, and blamed it for inflation, economic slowdown, price rise, rising unemployment, growing disparity in society, policy paralysis, threat to internal security and a weak foreign policy.

BSP to go solo in LS polls

Mayawati also said that the BSP would not forge an alliance with Congress, BJP or any other party and would go solo in the Lok Sabha polls.

"BSP will fight the Lok Sabha elections across the country, alone," she said.

"We will not enter into an alliance with Congress, BJP or any other party in UP or at the national level. There have been reports in a section of media that BSP will enter into alliance with Congress. This is not true," she said.

Mayawati attacks Narendra Modi

Mayawati also lashed out at Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, saying, "When the Chief Minister of a state having a population of six crore could not prevent Godhra riots between Hindus and Muslims, how can he generate unity among people from various castes and religions?”

"Godhra incident jolted the country but in all his meetings, Modi make promises and talks about Gujarat pattern of development," she said.

"They (BJP) claim to end corruption but in Gujarat, the institution which keeps an eye on it, the Lokayukta, was set up only on the directive of the court and it is also very weak," she said.

"He (Modi) is promising to curb inflation, corruption, unemployment and also bring blackmoney back into the country, but the saying 'garajne vale badal bareste nahin' (clouds that thunder don't produce rain) appears appropriate in this case," she added.

(JPN/Agencies)

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