Mayawati sees signs of early polls

Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati on Sunday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speeches during his two-day tour of Uttar Pradesh were an indication that the next Lok Sabha election could be held early — not in 2019 but by 2018-end.

Ms. Mayawati feared that the NDA government led by Mr. Modi could hold the Lok Sabha election along with the Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan, all three States ruled by the BJP.

The BJP has already set the stage for early polls by overthrowing the Mehbooba Mufti government in Jammu and Kashmir, she said.

She said she suspected early polls, arguing that the BJP and Mr. Modi himself had abandoned their “deceptive tune of development” and started advocacy of communalism and casteism and were providing patronage to such elements.

Controversial issues

She listed the controversial issues of “Shamshaan-Kabristan,” triple talaq, “Hindu-Muslim”, and circulation of fake news against the Opposition as indicators of the communal politics of the BJP. In Azamgarh on Saturday, the Prime Minister raked a controversial issue by asking Congress president Rahul Gandhi to clarify if his party stood only for Muslim men.

Ms. Mayawati termed Mr. Modi’s references in Azamgarh, Mirzapur and Varanasi deceptive speeches of “chunavi jugad.” She feared that as the BJP sensed failure, it would try to throw the country into the “fire of communal tension and casteism” for its petty politics.

Ahead of the election, BJP would try to throw the country into the fire of communal tension and casteism


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