Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati on Monday questioned BJP for neglecting the issue of 'country's safety and security'. Taking to Twitter, BSP leader asked for an explanation from the government as to why 'not a single Rafale jet' was inducted into IAF despite PM Modi's "claims" about its usefulness.
She further tweeted the same in English: Rafale fighter could have proved useful in the fight against Pak, claims PM Modi in his rallies. Even then not a single Rafale inducted into IAF fleet during his govt. Better explain to people why this kind of lapse & neglect even by the BJP on the issue of the country's safety & security?
The statement from Mayawati comes a day after she held a strategy session with senior leaders of her party to take a call on the way forward in the backdrop of the terror attacks in the country and the escalation of tension with Pakistan. She alleged that PM Modi is "hiding failures" behind terror attacks.
"In the past few days, the country is concerned and sad about the terror incidents that have been happening in Jammu and Kashmir...The BJP and especially PM Modi is trying to hide his failures and shortcomings in the garb of what is happening there," alleged Mayawati, adding that "nothing is secret from the people of India."
"In that scenario, the SP-BSP coalition has to be careful and decide the way forward," Mayawati told reporters in Lucknow.
Mayawati has been extremely critical of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his party, accusing him of "betraying national sentiments", after the PM interacted with over one crore BJP workers from 15,000 locations across the country, in a mega video conference, amid heightened tension between India and Pakistan.
"At a time when India is facing hostility of war and country needs firm leadership, PM Modi instead of concentrating on the matters of national security, trying to serve political interest by addressing his BJP workers is ridiculous besides betrayal of national sentiments (sic), Mayawati tweeted.
Meanwhile, the SP and BSP are contesting the parliamentary elections in three states - Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Uttarakhand - which account for 110 seats in the Lok Sabha.Though she has not yet formally announced the names of BSP candidates, the party will contest in 38 of the 80 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh and its ally SP will contest in 37 seats as per the understanding reached between them.