Mayawati quits warns against SPs hooliganism

By: | Updated: 07 Mar 2012 02:39 AM


Lucknow: Uttar
Pradesh was likely to witness a wave of hooliganism as the Samajwadi Party
(SP) had been voted back to power in the state, outgoing Chief Minister
Mayawati said Wednesday shortly after submitting her resignation.

In
her first comments after her Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) was routed in the
state Tuesday, Mayawati told reporters that the state would now taste "SP
culture" as had become evident in the last 24 hours.

Citing
incidents of violence in Jhansi, Firozabad and Sambhal where SP workers
indulged in violence Tuesday, Maya said that very soon the state would
remember "her good governance" and repent the verdict that they gave in
favour of the SP.

Blaming the Congress and BJP of conniving to
oust her from power and get a SP government, she also accused the
Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government of "harbouring a
negative mindset" against her and the state government. She also blamed
the media for "unnecessarily hyping irrelevant issues".

Asked
whether scandals like the rural health scam had impacted on the party, the
outgoing chief minister answered in the negative and said that knives
would be out for the Congress, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as well as
the media when people faced the hooliganism of the SP brass.

In
Mayawati's view, Muslims voted in large numbers for the SP and Mulayam
Singh Yadav and this probably cost her the job. She, however, underlined
that her Dalit vote bank was intact and numbers would have slipped further
had that not been the case.

Mayawati said 70 percent of Muslim
votes went to the SP as the Congress appeared weak.

While the SP
got an emphatic verdict of 224 seats in the 403-member assembly, the BSP
was reduced to just 80 seats, down 126 from the 206 it got in the 2007
assembly polls.





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First Published: 07 Mar 2012 02:39 AM
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