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Muslims in UP made huge mistake by voting for Samajwadi Party: Mayawati

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LUCKNOW: BSP chief Mayawati on Tuesday said Muslims in Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls made a “huge mistake” which she accused of being “complicit with the BJP in giving communal color” to the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls. The BSP has won just one seat in the recently-concluded election for the 403-member Assembly.

In a tweet in Hindi on Tuesday, the BSP supremo said, “The internal complicity of the SP and BJP in Uttar Pradesh is widely known.” 

“They created an atmosphere of fear by making the assembly elections a Hindu-Muslim affair which especially misled the Muslim society and it made a huge mistake of voting unilaterally for the SP. This has to be rectified to defeat the BJP here.” 

Soon after the results, Mayawati had claimed the “fear of ‘jungle raj’ returning” in the state if the Samajwadi Party emerged victorious made BSP supporters shift to the BJP. She had also alleged the media’s “aggressive propaganda portraying the BSP as the ‘B team of the BJP’ drove Muslims and anti-BJP voters from it”.

“This decision by the Muslims harmed the BSP. The party’s supporters among the upper castes, backward and other communities were fearful of ‘jungle raj’ returning to Uttar Pradesh if the SP comes to power. That is why these communities voted for the BJP,” the BSP chief had said.

On Sunday said she will not accept the offer of the President’s post from any party, news agency PTI reported. The former Uttar Pradesh chief minister accused the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh of spreading false propaganda that she would be ‘made the President’ if the saffron party won the Uttar Pradesh polls. 

“How can I accept such a post when we know that it will be the end of our party. So I want to make it clear to every BSP office bearer that in the interest of our party and movement, I will not accept any offer for the President’s post from the BJP or other parties and they should never be misled in future,” Mayawati said.

“In this election, through a well-thought-out strategy and conspiracy, the BJP, through its RSS organization has spread false propaganda among our people that if a BSP government is not formed in UP, we will make your ‘Behenji’ the President of the country. That is why you should allow BJP to come to power,” she added. 

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