Mayawati slams Cong, Rahul

Support to UPA will continue, says Uttar Pradesh chief minister


 “The Congress, which is now scared of the BSP, is responsible for its formation. It wins polls by buying votes of the poor with notes and serves the interests of the capitalists,” Mayawati told reporters here.

In an apparent retort to Rahul’s comments that her government is “non-functional for all practical purposes”, she said she had prepared a booklet listing the works done by her government during its two-year rule and would send it to Rahul.

Mayawati claimed the BSP government had done in its two-year tenure what the successive Congress governments could not do in their 50 years of rule.

The BSP supremo said the booklet would be sent to all Congress MPs and MLAs and especially to “Congress’ yuvraj” (Rahul) so that “instead of cursing us, he curses the members of the Gandhi family”.

White Paper

She also issued a ‘white Paper’ on the power scenario in UP. She said the paper entitled “Who is responsible for the dismal power scenario in UP?” showed that the Congress was simply trying to malign the image of her government on this count.

On Rahul’s remarks on the erection of statues, the chief minister said what she had spent on building memorials after Dalit icons was not even a fraction of what the Congress had spent on memorials after their leaders. “In comparison with the expenditure on Rajghat (Delhi), our expenditure is very little,” she said, adding the remarks proved the Congress’ “anti-Dalit” mentality.

On her party’s support to the UPA government at the Centre, she said: “We have given support to the UPA to weaken the communal forces and in the national interest and to prevent the Centre from being blackmailed by some parties.”

“We know very well the UPA government will not do anything for the poor, yet our support will continue,” she said. Mayawati added: “Our support should not be construed as our compulsion or weakness. The Congress high command must keep an eye on those leaders, who are asking the BSP to withdraw support to the Centre. It should find out if Digvijay Singh and Amar Singh have joined hands.

Defiant Rita granted bail
Lucknow, dhns: Uttar Pradesh Congress President Rita Bahuguna Joshi, who was lodged in jail after being booked under SC/ST Act following her alleged derogatory remarks against chief minister Mayawati, was on Saturday granted interim bail by a Moradabad court.

The court ordered Rita's release from the jail after furnishing two sureties of Rs 30,000 each and posted the hearing of regular bail application for July 29. 

“Mayawati does not deserve to be chief minister,” a defiant Rita said after her release and squarely blamed Mayawati for torching her house. “My house was set ablaze at the behest of Mayawati...the servants were kept in police stations for hours together,” she alleged.

“I am prepared to go to jail a hundred times but I shall continue to fight against Mayawati's misrule,” Rita said in the presence of hundreds of cheering Congress supporters outside the jail. She said she was “satisfied” with the support extended to her by the party and referred to Rahul Gandhi's observations at Amethi on Friday.

“I had already tendered an apology yet my house was torched,” she said.

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