Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati on Sunday while addressing a rally in Deoband in Sahranpur gave a polarising speech where she appealed to Muslim voters to vote for the BSP-SP coalition (with RLD in tow) and not Congress saying that the party led by Gandhis cannot fight the BJP.
"I want to tell the Muslim community to not let their votes divide. I ask you to vote together for BSP, SP and RLD.
"I'm warning, especially people of Muslim community, that Congress isn't in a position to fight BJP in UP. Only 'gathbandhan' can fight BJP. Congress knows this but they're going by mantra 'Hum jeete ya na jeete, gathbandhan nahi jeetna chahiye'. Therefore Congress party has fielded candidates from such castes and religion which will benefit BJP. Therefore I am warning members of Muslim community," she said.
Meanwhile, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav asked voters to not vote for Congress saying there is no difference between the party and BJP.
"There is not much difference in Congress and BJP, if you will look at their policies. They are both same. This grand alliance is meant to bring change in the country, but Congress party doesn’t want that, it wants to form government in UP," he said.
BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said that the Election Commission should take notice of Mayawati's speech
"Asking to votes from Muslims is a violation of the Election law. I hope the EC takes notice of this and issue them showcause notice and declare their party's participation in elections as null and void," he said.
Mayawati, who has given the impression of being a PM-aspirant said that, had announced that she will not contest the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. She had stressed that it was not necessary to be an MP to become a minister or a Prime Minister.