Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati today said that the BJP's alliances with the Shiv Sena and the AIADMK for the Lok Sabha polls reeked of "fear" and "sheer helplessness".
"Does the BJP's move to strike alliance in Bihar and then in Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu - in absolute helplessness and on its knees - indicate its strong leadership? In reality, the BJP is so afraid of the SP-BSP alliance that it is now running from pillar to post to form alliances," Mayawati tweeted, referring to the BJP's tie-up with the Shiv Sena in Maharashtra and the AIADMK in Tamil Nadu, announced in the last two days. In Bihar, the party formalised its alliance with the Janata Dal (United) last year.
"No matter what the BJP does now, 130 crore people will not spare them for their anti-poor, anti-farmer anti-worker policies," the BSP chief added. "People will demolish their arrogance and won't vote them back to power," she said.
Last month, Mayawati hit out at the government after her ally, Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav was stopped from going to Allahabad University for a youth event. "Is the BJP government at the Centre and in Uttar Pradesh so afraid of BSP-SP alliance that it is resorting to anti-democratic methods to curb our political activities," Mayawati had said in a tweet.
The SP-BSP and the BJP leadership have not wasted any opportunity at hitting out at each other in the run up to the Lok Sabha election.
Last week, BJP chief Amit Shah mocking the 'gathbandhan'said that if it wins the general elections, Mayawati will be the Prime Minister on Monday, Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday and so on.
"This gathbandhan, which is standing against Modi, can the citizens please ask them who is their leader? Shall I answer?...If they win, then on Monday Mayawati will be the PM, Tuesday it will be Akhilesh, Wednesday it will be Deve Gowda, on Thursday it will be Chandrababu Naidu, on Friday it will be Stalin, on Saturday it will be Sharad Pawar and on Sunday the country will go on a holiday. This kind of leadership cannot take India ahead in the world."
Addressing a meeting of the BJP booth workers on the outskirts of Mumbai, Amit Shah said that the coalition, which opposes Prime Minister Modi and the BJP, was bereft of leadership, principles and policy.