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LUCKNOW: Bahujan Samaj Party president Mayawati on Friday promised a government at the Centre qualitatively different from the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party regimes. The welfare of ‘sarv samaj,’ inclusive of all religions and castes, would be the cornerstone of the national and foreign policies.
At a press conference here on Friday, she released the party’s list of candidates for the 80 Lok Seats in the State here.
Brahmins get the lion’s share of 20 seats, followed by Dalits (17 seats) and Muslims 14. Other Backward Classes and non-Brahmin upper castes get the remaining seats.
The BSP supremo released a 32-page special election ‘appeal’ for the electorate of Uttar Pradesh and cautioned voters not to fall prey to the election stunts of the Congress, the BJP and their allies.
Indicating that she remained a strong contender for the prime ministership, Ms. Mayawati announced that she would kick off the BSP’s poll campaign at a rally in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala on Saturday.
She rubbished the economic polices of the Congress and the BJP-led governments, which, she alleged, promoted the interests of a few industrialists. Ms. Mayawati took a dig at the India-U.S. nuclear deal of the UPA government and said the BSP government would never mortgage the interests of India.
The BSP president blamed the Congress, which ruled the country for about half a century, for the miseries of the poor and the downtrodden and the unemployment and economic and educational backwardness.
Ms. Mayawati’s appeal listed 40 achievements of the BSP government based on the principle of sarvjan hitaya sarvjan sukhaya.
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