Mayawati appeals to electorate to end Modi rule in Gujarat

Last Updated: Mon, Dec 10, 2012 06:28 hrs

Rajkot: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Sunday appealed to the electorate in poll-bound Gujarat to root out the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Addressing a rally in Rajkot, Mayawati said: "The way you removed the Congress from power in Gujarat, the same can be done with the BJP."

Mayawati also accused the BJP of buying the land of tribals at meagre prices and selling them to big industrialists, leaving the latter unemployed.

"Because of wrong economic policies of the UPA Government, inflation is rising, and in Gujarat and across the country, the poor and middle sections of society is largely getting affected," she said.

Mayawati said the employment schemes of the government are not benefiting the poor and marginalised people in Gujarat.

"Various schemes are being implemented by the federal government but it has not been helpful in rooting out poverty and unemployment. Similar attitude is being applied by most of the state governments, including the Gujarat government," said Mayawati.

The first phase of the Gujarat assembly polls will take place on December 13, while the second will be held on December 17. Counting of votes will take place on December 20.

Narendra Modi is seen as the strongest candidate of BJP during general elections in two years, thanks to rapid growth and a perception of corruption-free governance in his state, which has five percent of India's population but contributes 16 percent to national industrial output.

Under the high profile but controversial Modi, Gujarat stands apart in a country that doesn't always make it easy for manufacturers.

Earlier, Modi had embarked on series of three-day fasts to promote 'harmony', which was seen as a way of helping revamp the image of a leader accused by critics of complicity in communal riots that killed at least 1,000 people in 2002. 

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