Tells Muslims that voting for Congress or SP will benefit the BJP

Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati on Sunday accused the BJP of trying to “hoodwink” OBC and Dalit voters by projecting Narendra Modi as a leader from a lower caste.

She said the BJP did not respect its Brahmin leaders as it forced Murli Manohar Joshi to abandon the Varanasi seat. Ms. Mayawati pointed out that her party had given ticket to 21 Brahmins in Uttar Pradesh.

The former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister cautioned Muslims against “division in their votes,” saying voting for the Congress or the Samajwadi Party would benefit the saffron party.

“The BJP, with the help of opinion polls that it has been sponsoring, tried to spread a false perception that it was on the upswing, especially in the most populous State of Uttar Pradesh.”

“The next step in its strategy has been to hoodwink OBCs and Dalits by claiming that it has chosen a lower caste leader Narendra Modi as its prime ministerial candidate,” Ms. Mayawati said at a rally here.