Mayawati is power hungry: Paswan

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Vadodara, Sep 16 (UNI) Lok Janshakti Party(LJP) President Ram Vilas Paswan today dubbed Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati ''power hungry'' and said her party had no ideology.

Talking to newsmen here after winding up his one-day pre-election campaign in Gujarat, Mr Paswan said Ms Mayawati, who was earlier spewing venom against the Brahmins and the Upper Castes with derogatory slogans, was now trying to appease them to remain in power.

Asked about Ms Mayawati's claim that BSP was a Sarvajan party and its ideology had never gone against the upper castes and religion, the LJP chief said no one would trust her and her new pro-Brahmin slogan as her party's ideology was similar to that of the RSS.

Mr Paswan, who earlier in the day addressed two public rallies at Surat and Bharuch, said his party had decided to contest the coming Gujarat Assembly elections and it would be LJP's first trial in the electoral history of Gujarat.

The LJP supremo said Gujarat chief Minister Narendra Modi's days were numbered. The Modi government would go this time because of the ''anti-incumbency'' factor as people had lost their confidence in him.

Mr Paswan, who had resigned from the Union Cabinet on the Gujarat issue following the Godhra train massacre in 2002, said in the coming Gujarat elections his party's main poll plank would be ''power to the people''.

The union minister did not rule out the possibility of an early Lok Sabha election because of the Left Parties' stand on the controversial Indo-US nuclear deal.

However, he said, a country like India could not afford frequent general elections.

Replying to a question, the minister denied there was any move to withdraw subsidy to farmers or increase the prices of fertilisers.

Refuting the allegations that states' demand for fertilisers were not being met by his ministry, Mr Paswan said he was ready to resign from the cabinet, if any state government made such allegations.

''We are monitoring the demand and supply position on a daily basis and have set up a grievance cell for the purpose,'' he claimed.

UNI

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