"The perception that Nitish Kumar has returned to power on good governance is totally misplaced," Mayawati told reporters here on Monday.
She said, "the undercurrent against Lalu Prasad and Ramvilas Paswan was so strong that people wanted to defeat them at all cost."
Denying that she was trying to ape her Bihar counterpart Nitish Kumar, Mayawati asserted that, providing good governance was her goal right from day one.
"It is absolutely wrong to assume that taking the cue from Nitish Kumar, I have suddenly started devoting attention to issues related to good governance," she added.
"In fact, not much development work has taken place in Bihar during the Nitish rule, it was the BSP which first got issue based support of the people instead of caste and creed basis in the 2007 Uttar Pradesh assembly elections." she said.
The State, she claimed, had set a sort of record on front of law and order situation. The overall crime graph, she claimed, had declined.
The conviction rate in cases related to atrocities against SC/ST was 55 percent in Uttar Pradesh as against that of national average of 32 percent.