India Politics
A big social change in Uttar Pradesh: Mayawati
May 11, 2007 - 8:07:49 PM

Lucknow, May 11 - It was social engineering and ideology which boosted the Bahujan Samaj Party - to victory, declared a triumphant BSP chief Mayawati who is poised to become chief minister of Uttar Pradesh for the fourth time.

Promising a crime-free government, she said 'the people have put all their faith in democracy. After 14 years this is the first time a single party has been returned to power,' as jubilant party workers burst firecrackers, danced and smeared each other with 'gulal' -.

'A big social change has taken place in Uttar Pradesh and all sections of society has supported the party. Our chalking out a carefully planned strategy has brought this success,' a beaming Mayawati told a crowded press conference as cameras whirred and photographers clicked.

Dressed in her favourite pink salwar-kameez, Mayawati said at the press conference at the BSP party headquarters here after paying floral tributes to life-size statues of Dalit messiah B.R. Ambedkar, her mentor and BSP founder, the late Kanshi Ram.

With multicoloured gerberas in the backdrop, a beaming Mayawati accepted bouquets and greetings from the party, which crossed the halfway mark of 202 in an assembly of 403 to attain majority on her own.

She said this is an outcome of the long struggle of 'bahujan samaj sants' like Narayan Guru, Ambedkar and Mahatma Jyotirao Phule.

Hitting out at her arch rival Mulayam Singh Yadav, who along with his party colleague Amar Singh had been targeted for attack during the election campaign, she said 'the election results have shown that people have rejected the jungle raj of the Samajwadi Party and preferred the law-abiding BSP.'

Thanking her party colleagues for the electoral victory, she said it was partymen like Satish Mishra belonging to the upper caste and Muslim leader Naseemuddin Siddiqui who had helped the party build its support base among these sections of society.

While giving them credit, Mayawati subtly asserted her authority saying: 'I used to give them the directions and on that basis they carried out the campaign and this had led to the victory of the BSP.'

Condemning the action of former minister Mohamed Azam Khan, who was shown by TV channels shredding official papers before leaving his office after the party's defeat, she said the Director General of Police has been asked to probe the matter and she would do the needful after taking oath as chief minister.

She thanked the Election Commission for conducting a free and fair poll and appreciated the role played by all commission officials.

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