BSP Supremo and former Uttar Pradesh CM Mayawati raked up yet another controversy with her remarks saying Muslims should vote for Gathbandhan' in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Reacting to her comments, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday went on to slam the BSP supremo, saying that the voters know where to cast their votes.
"If she (Mayawati) only wants Muslim votes, then the other voters will naturally decide where they wish to vote," Adityanath said.
Earlier on Sunday, while addressing a rally in Deoband in Saharanpur, Mayawati made some shocking remarks appealing the Muslim community to vote for the BSP-SP coalition and not the Congress party.
"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," Mayawati said.
Further urging the Muslims to 'unite' the votes for the BSP-SP-RLD gathbandhan, she said:
"I want to tell the Muslim community to not let their votes divide. I ask you to vote together for BSP, SP, and RLD."
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday had also hit out at Mayawati over 'polarising' remarks ahead of Lok Sabha polls. Speaking at a press conference, he said:
"I would expect every political (party) denomination to not do appeals on religious grounds. Everyone has a vote. Even the minorities including Muslims, other castes. I hope no party is under such an assumption that only they (minorities) have a vote and not others. When such kind of polarization is done in appealing, they should clearly understand whether it creates a profit or loss."
Mayawati, a PM-aspirant, had announced that she will not contest the upcoming Lok Sabha polls which will take place in seven phases for all the 29 states and seven Union Territories beginning from April 11 to May 7, 2019. The results will be announced on May 23, 2019.
Republic World brings you comprehensive election news coverage and phase-by-phase election updates of the Indian General Elections 2019. The 2019 Lok Sabha Elections will be held from April 11 to May 19 in seven phases, with the counting of votes scheduled for May 23. Get all the latest election news, highlights, controversies, polls, live updates and results of the Lok Sabha Elections 2019, only on Republic World.