Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) president Mayawati said on Saturday people of the country do not want an “anti-poor” Narendra Modi government to return to power.
“BJP’s claims and promises – only ‘hawa hawai’. Their announcements – for hoodwinking people, BJP’s statistics – white lies, BJP governments – head of lies and dramatics,” Mayawati said.
“Their leaders – no.1 ‘jumlebaaz’, real meaning of BJP – only development of the rich, meaning people’s call, no more anti-poor Modi government,” she said, taking a dig at the BJP’s slogans of ‘abki baar, Modi sarkar’ (This time, Modi govt) in 2014 and ‘phir ek baar, Modi sarkar’ (Once again, Modi govt) in the 2019 Lok Sabha election.
Mayawati wondered why the problems of poverty, unemployment and backwardness of Uttar Pradesh did not change even with the Centre and the state being ruled by the BJP.
“Will Prime Minister Modi be able to give its reply to the people by looking at them in their eyes? Habituated of terming others wrong, why are they not willing to look at themselves?” the BSP chief asked.
Mayawati: Facts and Figures – All you need to know
Mayawati rose from the grass-roots to national prominence and calls herself a dalit, a leader of the poor.
The fact of the matter is: she is among the richest politicians in the world, and has been a four-term Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh.
BSP chief Mayawati put up statues of herself, her mentor Kanshi Ram and of elephants – the party symbol – in Lucknow and Noida. The Supreme Court has said that she should reimburse to the public exchequer the money spent on such statues.
Mayawati’s perspective view:
Parks and memorials were built in Uttar Pradesh during her regime to honour great men from among oppressed Dalit and OBCs. These have become tourist spots, generating revenue for the government.
BSP chief Mayawati holds properties in Lutyens’s Delhi worth several millions. She also has an official residence-cum-office in the national capital. Her supporters wonder how much salary she earned!
As per the declaration made by her at the time of filing her nomination papers for the 2012 Rajya Sabha elections, her immovable properties, both residential and commercial in Lucknow and Delhi, cash in banks and jewelry, stood at over Rs 111 crore.
She resigned from the Rajya Sabha in 2017.
In 2010, when she was elected to the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council, Mayawati’s total assets were valued at around Rs 88 crore and in 2007 they were estimated at around Rs 52.27 crore.
Much of her wealth is in real estate and she has residential buildings in posh areas of Delhi and Lucknow.
Mayawati was allotted three adjacent government bungalows during the Congress-led UPA government in 2013 on Gurudwara Rakabganj Road in the heart of national capital.
The bungalows – Nos. 12, 14 and 16 – were amalgamated into a super-bungalow and now serve as her residence-cum-office in Delhi. She holds her press conferences and other important party meetings here. The amalgamated single unit has been allotted in the name of Bahujan Prerna Trust.
Rules do not allow any modification in government bungalows in New Delhi’s Lutyens Bungalow Zone but the rules have been violated.
Mayawati also has a government bungalow in her name at 4, Gurudwara Rakab Ganj Road, which is separate from these three.
Such bungalows are meant for Ministers and Secretaries with a plot size of 8,250 square feet and front and back lawns. They have a plinth area of 1,970 square feet and include eight bedrooms, four servants quarters and two garages.
Residential building in Lucknow. She owns a residential building in Lucknow at 9, Mall Avenue, measuring 71,282.96 square ft with a built-up area of 53,767.29 square ft. It was purchased on November 3, 2010 and its value was estimated at Rs 16 crore in 2012.