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Lucknow, Apr 27: BSP chief Mayawati Saturday alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi included his caste in the backward category during his tenure as Gujarat chief minister to derive electoral profit.
Addressing a press conference, Mayawati said, “Like Mulayam Singh Yadav and Akhilesh Yadav, Narendra Modi was not born in a backward caste. When he was Gujarat chief minister, he got his upper caste included in the backward category to derive political benefit during elections.”

She said the BJP’s Dalit-backward card was not working in Uttar Pradesh.

The BSP supremo’s comments came hours after Modi slammed the SP-BSP-RLD alliance in Uttar Pradesh, saying the tie-up of “opportunists” wants a helpless government because its mantra is “jaat, paat japna; janata ka maal apna”.

Modi addressed election rallies in Kannauj, a SP stronghold, Hardoi and Sitapur.

Dubbing the alliance as ‘mahamilavati (highly adulterated) opportunists’, Modi said in Kannauj that he doesn’t believe in politics of caste.

“Mayawatiji (BSP chief), I am most backward… I request with folded hands not to drag me into caste politics, 130 crore people are my family,” he said.

“This country didn’t know my caste till my detractors abused me… I am thankful to Mayawatiji, Akhileshji (SP chief), Congress people and the ‘mahamilavatis’ that they are discussing my caste…I believe that taking birth in a backward caste is an opportunity to serve the country,” the PM said.

Modi attacked the alliance for attacking ‘chowkidar’ and Ram bhakts and said it is a tie-up of opportunists and it was “mahamilawati”.

Without mincing words, he told the opposition parties that whatever efforts they make, they will fail in their mission.

“Whatever efforts you (opposition) make, it will be…” the prime minister said, following which the crowd shouted in chorus “Modi again”.

He ridiculed opposition leaders for their “dream” of becoming prime minister and poked fun at BSP chief Mayawati for seeking support of the Samajwadi Party “just for the sake of power”.

Modi told the gathering that, “These (parties) are the ones who seek evidence of (Balakot) airstrikes and shed tears for Batla House encounter (against terroists).”

Modi took a pot-shot at the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) over its alliance with the Samajwadi Party, saying it has forgotten the insult to Dalit icon Babasaheb Ambedkar by the Akhilesh Yadav-led party.

“Let’s not forget how the SP showed disrespect to Ambedkar. The BSP has forgotten that. In pursuit of power and position, Mayawati (BSP chief) is embracing those who humiliated Babasaheb,” he said.


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