LUCKNOW: Attacking Narendra Modi for his speeches on his two-day Uttar Pradesh visit, BSP chief Mayawati on Sunday said the Prime Minister is preparing ground to call for early Lok Sabha elections.
Mayawati said it was evident from prime minister’s recent speeches that the BJP wants to advance the general elections scheduled for 2019.
“The way Modi is raking up Hindu-Muslim and Shamsham-Kabristan in his rallies, it seems Lok Sabha elections will be preponed,” she said.
Mayawati’s remark comes a day after Modi slammed the opposition parties while on the issue of triple talaq in his Varanasi rally. Modi said the real face of the opposition was revealed by their approach on triple talaq.
“Is there any place for the dignity and the rights of Muslim women? They (opposition parties) have stalled legislation in Parliament, and they do not allow Parliament to run,” Modi said.
Modi also mocked Congress for being a party which stood only with Muslim men.
Reacting to Modi’s remarks, Congress alleged that the prime minister was spreading the “poison of hatred and division” sensing defeat in the next election.
Raking up the reported remarks of Congress President Rahul Gandhi that Congress is a party for Muslims, Modi on Saturday said he was not “surprised” by that but asked whether it’s a party for Muslim men alone.
“I read in the newspaper that the Congress president had said that Congress is a party of Muslims, and there has been discussion on this for the past two days. I am not surprised as when Manmohan Singh was PM, he had said that Muslims have the first right over natural resources.
“But I want to ask the Congress whether it is a party of Muslims men alone,” Modi said.
Hours after Modi’s a speech, Congress’s communications in-charge Randeep Surjewala had said the prime minister was lying by using the names of Rahul Gandhi and former prime minister Manmohan Singh. He alleged that prime minister Modi was blinded by his desire to take revenge on Rahul Gandhi.
Congress spokesperson Pramod Tiwari said, “If any party that has taken every section of the society along it is the Congress. This tradition has been followed from Jawaharlal Nehru to Rahul Gandhi.”
“We respect every religion and we don’t believe in the politics of division.”