Responding to Indian National Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s statements about her and her party, Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati said at a press conference that he should set his own house in order first before commenting on others.
INC leader Rahul Gandhi said on Saturday that his party had offered to fight the Uttar Pradesh Assembly election in alliance with the Bahujan Samaj Party and have party chief Mayawati as the chief ministerial face.
However, Mayawati did not even respond and gave the BJP a clear passage to victory in the state due to her fear of central agencies such as the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate, he said.
On Sunday, Mayawati rubbished Rahul Gandhi’s claims and said there was no truth to them.
“Rajiv Gandhi tried to defame the BSP by saying that Kanshi Ram was a CIA agent. Now, his son is following in his footsteps and making false allegations that I am afraid of the BJP’s central agencies. There isn’t even a trace of truth in this,” she said.
She also dismissed Rahul Gandhi’s statement that the INC had offered to fight in alliance with the BSP but she had not responded.
Responding to Rahul Gandhi’s allegation that the BSP had cleared the way for BJP’s victory, Mayawati said, “Congress has performed poorly in its battle against the BJP. The party should see its own record in taking on the BJP and then speak on the BSP.”
“Before speaking on another party, you should have a look within and set your house in order,” she said. Mayawati said she had spoken about the reasons for her party’s defeat in the Uttar Pradesh election and the Congress should also examine the same for itself.
“There should be a review on the results by every opposition party,” she said.
Finally, she also accused the INC of stopping her government’s work in Uttar Pradesh when she was in power from 2007 to 2012. The INC was leading the central government at the time.
In the Uttar Pradesh Assembly election of 2022, the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance won 273 seats out of a total of 403, returning to power with a majority.
Meanwhile, the INC won only two seats out of 403 and got a vote share of less than 2.5%. As many as 97% of INC candidates lost their security deposit.
The BSP won just one seat and a vote share of around 13%. Nearly 72% of its candidates also lost their deposit in the election, which turned out to be a bipolar contest between the BJP and the Samajwadi Party.