Constituency watch: Uttar Pradesh

BSP chief Mayawati has termed BJP’s prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi and Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi as a “threat” to the nation.

“I have no doubt that both Rahul Gandhi and Narendra Modi are a threat to the country,” Ms. Mayawati said addressing an election meeting.

Congress intends to make Rahul Gandhi the prime minister even though it has not made any announcement about it, the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister said.

On the other hand, the BJP’s candidate for the top post is Narendra Modi, whom she described as “someone responsible for the 2002 riots in Gujarat.”

“I do not think there is any way in which Modi can be excused for his role during the 2002 riots in Gujarat,” the BSP chief said.

“On the other hand, Rahul Gandhi is a totally inexperienced person who cannot be trusted to run the affairs of the nation,” she said.

Both the Congress and BJP come to power on the support of capitalists and then they make policies only for them, she alleged.

“It is because of this that the poor and the dalits continue to languish more than 60 years after independence,” Ms. Mayawati stated.