Mayawati says Union Budget is politically motivated

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Karnal, Mar 2 (UNI) Describing the Union Budget as a ''politically motivated document'', BSP chief and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati today claimed that the UPA government ''has its eyes on the next Lok Sabha polls''.

''The announcements in the Budget have been made keeping in view the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections,'' she said while addressing the state level 'Sarv Samaj Bhaichara Banao' rally in the Grain Market here.

''The Budget is an eyewash to mislead the people and is politically motivated'', she claimed Referring to the loan waiver for the small and medium farmers, she said wondered how the government was going to fulfill this announcement made in the Budget. ''Announcements do not translate into reality,'' she said while pointing out that the Budget did not specify the methodology the government would adopt for the waiver.

Only a few selected farmers will benefit from this concession, while 40 per cent of the farmers who were indebted to commission agents or private money lenders would get no relief, she pointed out.

Taking a dig both the Congress and the BJP, Ms Mayawati alleged that both parties followed the divide and rule policy of the Britishers. ''While the Congress fans castism, BJP believes in fanning communalism,'' she alleged while calling upon the people to distance themselves from both these parties.

''The Congress, BJP and many of the regional parties only propogate politics of opportunism,'' she claimed. These political parties are only in favour of the rich industrialists and the capitalists and have no concern for the poor, she added.

If the BSP gets a chance to form the government at the Centre, then efforts would be made to check the growing unemployment, she added.

The National Rural Employment Gurantee Scheme would be changed and the employment days in a year would be increased from 100 to 365 days, she declared.

She declared that the BSP was not in favour of acquiring the land of the poor but would allot three acres land to each 'garib' family.

She, however, did not elaborate on her statement.

Turning to Haryana, Ms Mayawati said only her party ''could provide relief to the people of this state from the Jats. She however hastened to add that she was not against the Jats and pointed that the members of the community had been given representation in here government in UP.

''If BSP comes to power in Haryana, we will give a non-Jat CM,'' she declared.

On the occasion, Mr Dev Raj Dewan, a former MLA of Sonipat district presented a replica of an elephant, the election symbol of the BSP, to Ms Mayawati. The replica, made of silver, weighed 22,84 kgs.

Mr Satish Chander, MP and National General Secretary of the BSP also spoke on the occasion.

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