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Mayawati demands action against BJP for manifesto


New Delhi, April 7:

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) president Mayawati Monday demanded that the Election Commission take action against the BJP for releasing its manifesto on the day of the first phase of Lok Sabha election.Chief Minister, Uttar PradeshAge: 51The feisty and single Kumari is the first untouchable, or Dalit, woman to become the head of an Indian state, and this is her fourth term in office. She was mentored by the crafty Kanshi Ram, who founded and headed the Bahujan Samaj Party in India's largest and most politically influential state, Uttar Pradesh, which is also among the poorest. Mayawati has modernized along the way. She now sports a short haircut, wears big diamond studs in her ears and nose, and attracted unwanted attention for her extravagant 47th birthday party in 2003, which featured 100,000 sweet cakes, 5,000 bouquets of flowers, and a 50kg birthday cake. She has also often been accused of grand corruption: Last year she tried to sell the land around the famous Taj Mahal to set up tourism and pocket the proceeds. New Delhi slapped corruption charges on her that she is still fighting. In June, she declared assets worth $13 million, 400% more than at the time of the 2004 elections.

Addressing a rally at Sultanpuri in outer Delhi, which falls under North West (Reserved) constituency, she said: “The BJP considers itself above law and the constitution…They also violate the Representation of the People Act by releasing their manifesto on polling day…The Election Commission should take stern action in the matter.”

The former Uttar Pradesh chief minister termed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) manifesto a “chhalawa” or fraud on the people, saying the party was “selling dreams” to common people just like the Congress did.

“If even 50 percent of what these two parties had promised to the people was implemented, the problems of poverty, inflation, corruption and unemployment could have been solved,” she said.

The BJP’s reliability is questionable and its present leadership has a “divisive image”, said the BSP supremo.