Mayawati Blames Congress And BJP On Fuel Prices

Mayawati Blames Congress And BJP On Fuel Prices

Mayawati Blames Congress And BJP On Fuel Prices(file image)

New Delhi: Mayawati the president of BSP's remarks holds the previous UPA government and the Bhartiya Janata Party equally responsible for the steep hike in fuel prices has caught Congress completely by surprise. It is anticipated by the Congress leaders that the former UP chief Minister's comments will raise a question mark on attempts at striking an opposition unity ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

The former UP CM's views come a day after her party did not participate in "Bharat bandh" called by the Congress on the issue.

"These remarks, at a time when the need for unity among opposition parties is being felt clearly among all partners, could send a wrong signal both to the public and the ruling party which is already doubting our strength," a Congress insider told news agency PTI today, requesting anonymity.

"Party workers are not happy with Mayawati's observations and they are very sceptical about her intentions," he said, adding that the central party leadership needs to take serious note of it.

The Mayawati's views on the price rise of fuel is observed as her tactic to get more seats for her party in the upcoming assembly polls in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, said a senior Congress leader. 

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"By doing so, she is sort of trying to gain an upper hand in negotiations for the assembly seats in these states...it is, however, for the central leadership to understand that we should weigh our options and potential before entering into any alliance," he stressed.

"Although the foundation of the intricacies of the alliance for the Lok Sabha polls will be set much before in the assembly elections in these states, the party leadership needs to be clear that its negotiations on seat sharing should not be at the cost of the party and its workers as Congress is the stronger party in these states," he said.

Recently, Mayawati accused both the NDA and UPA governments of ignoring the interest of the farmers and the poor.

She said that the UPA government had brought fuel out of government control and the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) continued with the policy. She added that after coming to power in 2014, the NDA government had deregulated diesel, which hurt the interest of the poor.

The BSP leader's statement is seen as a huge dent in political circles against the BJP ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
 

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