Narendra Modi strengthened communal forces, won’t let him become PM: Mayawati

BSP chief Mayawati has said that her party will do all it can to stop Narendra Modi from becoming the Prime Minister.

In an interview to The Indian Express Saturday, Mayawati made light of the BJP's attempt to project Modi as the PM candidate by highlighting the absence of communal strife in Gujarat in the past 10 years of his rule. "But post-Godhra riots cases are still being inquired into," Mayawati said to a question on BJP's bid to project Modi for PM.

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On Sunday, she again invoked the post-Godhra riots to assert that the BSP will never let Modi become the Prime Minister. "BJP is dreaming of making Modi the Prime Minister of this country. My party will never let their dream succeed at any cost. Especially, it will never let this kind of person, who strengthened the communal forces after the Godhra episode in Gujarat, become the PM," said a press statement issued in her name by the BSP central office here. She asserted that the BSP will not extend support to the BJP if it backs Modi for the post.

Mayawati's unprovoked attack on Modi holds significance in the wake of BJP's defeat in Himachal Pradesh polls, which reflected poorly on the saffron party's capacity to ride anti-Congress plank without alliances in the next Lok Sabha elections.

"Our defeat in Himachal exposed our vulnerability to go alone in the next elections. For us, it is also a lesson that the party will have to strike alliances for the Lok Sabha polls," said a BJP leader. "Even in Punjab, which went to polls earlier this year, it was Akali Dal's performance that got NDA re-elected. Similarly, we cannot hope to ditch alliance with Nitish Kumar in Bihar."

Given Kumar's reluctance to agree to the BJP projecting Modi as NDA's prime ministerial candidate, Mayawati's attack on Modi is likely to ruffle feathers among the section of the BJP which is keen to get the Gujarat CM projected as the Prime Ministerial candidate.

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