New Delhi: Our politicians basically count on the fact that memory of electorate in India happens to be very weak. This perception encourages our leaders, for whom ideology seems to be insignificant, to frequently change their stands on any issue.

This has once again been proved by the former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and BSP chief Mayawati who on Wednesday vowed to make all possible efforts to thwart Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitions to become the Prime Minister of the country. BSP chief made this announcement while addressing a press conference.

“I and my party as well will make all possible efforts to make sure that Narendra Modi does not become the Prime Minister in future,” she said.

But surprisingly, she ignored the fact that she had campaigned for Modi in 2002 Gujarat assembly polls which were held hardly after six month of post Godhra massacres for which Modi was widely criticised on moral grounds for his failure to control unruly rioters and save innocent people from being butchered.

Even earlier, BSP chief had strongly clamoured against the Centre’s decision to allow FDI in retail saying that this decision was going to badly hit the interests of small traders in the country. But when it came for voting over the issue in the Parliament, her party’s MPs walked out of Lok Sabha making it easier for the government to defeat the opinion’s opposing FDI in retail. In the Rajya Sabha, she even went a step further and voted in favour of the government over the decision which her party saw as a something threatening the livelihood of a large section of the society.

Maya’s flip-flop with BJP
  • June 1995: BSP joined hands with BJP and Mayawati became UP CM for the first time
  • October 1995: BJP withdrew support from Mayawati led government after which President’s rule was imposed in UP
  • March 1997: As no party could win majority in UP assembly polls, BSP again struck a deal with BJP and Mayawati became CM for the second time. In post poll alliance, it was decided that the post of Chief Minister would rotate to the both alliance partners every six months
  • October 1997: BSP duped BJP and withdrew support from the government in the state headed by Kalyan Singh who had become CM after the completion of first six months by Mayawati as UP CM.  Though Kalyan Singh managed to continue as CM with the support of breakaway groups of BSP and Congress
  • May 2002: Like 1997, no party could win majority in UP assembly polls and Mayawati again joined hands with BJP and became Chief Minister of the state. In reciprocation, she backed BJP-led NDA government at the Centre and also campaigned in support of BJP and Chief Minister Narendra Modi in 2002 Gujarat assembly polls
  • August 2003: After controversy over Taj corridor project, BJP withdrew support from Mayawati government

As far as BSP chief’s relations with BJP are concerned, she never hesitated to join hands with the saffron party to grab power in Uttar Pradesh. She became Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh on many occasions with the help of BJP but every time after splitting with it, she openly questioned the secular credentials of the BJP.

(JPN)

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