Bilaspur (Chhattisgarh), Oct 13: BSP chief Mayawati on Saturday kicked off the election campaign for the Ajit Jogi-led Janata Congress Chhattisgarh (JCC) and BSP combine here and lashed out at the BJP and the central government for failing the common people and tribal dominated Chhattisgarh state.
Addressing a mega rally at the Bilaspur Khel Parisar, Ms Mayawati, however, did not spare Congress and said it is "indulging in misinformation campaign against the BSP" that her party has decided to ally with JCC only under pressure from the centre about CBI cases.
“Kisi bhi tarah BJP sarkar ko Kendra mein aney nahi dena hae (At no cost the BJP-led dispensation should come back to power in the centre),” she said in presence of JCC founding president and Chhattisgarh’s first Chief Minister Ajit Jogi.
In his speech at the rally, Mr Ajit Jogi made a strong pitch for making Mayawati the next Prime Minister. "I assure all our MPs from Chhattisgarh will be dedicated under your leadership in the centre," said Chhattisgarh's first Chief Minister.
Ms Mayawati said the people of this state as well as the rest of India are “fed up” of BJP government in the centre. She charged Congress with showing utter disrespect to Mr Ajit Jogi and assured him that in the JCC-BSP combine, he will get all the due respect.
The former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister said all out efforts should be made by BSP and JCC workers to ensure absolute majority for the alliance. One party rule for 15 long years has not helped the people of Chhattisgarh, she said.
“People have potentials but they did not get their dues as tribals and Dalits have been ignored in their scheme of governance under BJP,” she said adding this is one reason why the statehood has not helped to change the fate of a large section of people in the state.
She also said BJP did not implement the promises it made and no poor in this country got Rs 15 lakh as was promised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during election campaign in 2014.
She also referred to the issue of ‘Gau rakshak’ episode and said various poor families from minorities and Dalits have been victims of “mob lynching”. As part of the seat adjustment, BSP will be contesting 35 seats and JCC of Mr Jogi will try their electoral fortune in remaining 55 seats.
JCC sources have indicated that the party is also keen to enlist the support of other smaller parties like the CPI and Gondavana Ganatantrik Party to consolidate all non-BJP and non-Congress votes.