Mayawati alleges Modi playing backward class card for political gains

Lucknow, May 6: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Tuesday alleged that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is trying to play ‘backward card’ for political gains, and asked him to reveal his caste.

“Narendra Modi is trying to play “backward card” for political gains. He is indulging in cheap politics. He should instead reveal his caste,” said Mayawati.

She also said that the Gujarat Chief Minister is resorting to cheap tactics as his party is going through a bad phase in Uttar Pradesh.

“Low-level politics does not have any relation with backward castes. It means that you are indulging in cheap politics. He deliberately used the backward caste card. Why doesn’t he tell us about his caste?” she asked.

She alleged that the BJP has always been against Dalits and the backward castes, and said that they have never done anything for backward castes.

She also questioned the Congress and the Samajwadi Party (SP) over their failure to counter Modi on his remarks.

“I thought the Congress would have given him a fitting reply. Even Mulayam Singh could not give a fitting reply to Modi. It is very surprising,” she added.

In reply to Congress president, Sonia Gandhi’s daughter Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s barb aimed at him for practicing ‘low-level’ of politics yesterday, Modi had tweeted stating that he was targeted as he belonged to a backward caste, “I belong to lower caste of society, that is why they think my politics is ‘low-level’ politics.”

While campaigning for BJP candidate Smriti Irani in Amethi on Monday, Modi accused the Congress party of being arrogant, and criticised former prime minister, Rajiv Gandhi, for being arrogant, reminding the public as to how he publicly humiliated former chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, T.Anjaiah at airport when Rajiv Gandhi was a General Secretary of the party.

Hitting back at Modi, Priyanka had said, “They have insulted my martyred father on the soil of Amethi. People of Amethi will never forgive them for this act. Workers in Amethi will reply to their low-level politics. There will be reply from each of the booths.” (ANI)