Lucknow: Accusing the Samajwadi Party (SP) government in Uttar Pradesh of indulging in political vendetta against the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), former chief minister of the state Mayawati said SP "goons" will be "taught a lesson" when she returns to power. Angry over removal of hoardings installed by her party on BR Ambedkar's birth anniversary, the BSP chief on Sunday said during her governance, land was leased to marginal farmers, but in the present regime it was being grabbed by SP "goons and party workers".
"Jab hamari party ki sarkar banegi tab aise logon ko toda jayega aur aisa siddha karenge ki phir woh kabhi zameen par kabja nahi kar payenge (When our party comes to power, such people will be strongly dealt with and they will be taught a lesson so that they will not dare to grab land in future)," she said.
"Members of the opposition parties are being dealt with political vendetta and the BSP is being made the number one target," Mayawati said. The BSP supremo was infuriated with the removal of hoardings installed near Bhimrao Ambedkar Samajik Parivartan Sthal to mark Ambedkar's 122th birth anniversary.
"The government knew that it was Babasaheb's anniversary and lakhs of people will come to pay tribute to him. On this occasion hoardings are installed across the country for which no permission is required," she said addressing a function in Lucknow.
Mayawati said that considering the approach of the SP government, her partymen took permission from the local body to install hoardings near the Sthal. "Till yesterday, a large number of hoardings were installed within three kilometres of the 'sthal', but I have come to know that a lot of drama took place last night and on the directive of the SP government, all of them removed. No matter how strongly such actions are condemned, it won't suffice," she said.
Accusing the officers of working on the diktats of the SP government, Mayawati warned that they were being "watched and would be taken to task" when BSP comes to power in UP again.
(With Additional Inputs From PTI)