Shimla: â€œWe are fighting the elections in Himachal with the objective of forming our own government and have no alignment with either BJP or Congress,â€ said Mayawati.
Speaking at an election rally here, Mayawati said â€œ given the response our party is receiving in the campaign, the Himachal election will surprise many.â€
Making a comparison of the Himachal and Uttar Pradesh governments she said â€œwhere as we have not only been giving land but are also building low cost houses for the poor in Uttar Pradesh, the government in Himachal demolished 5000 houses of the poor without making an alternative rehabilitation plan.â€
The BSP is working for a more equitable society where the poor and weak are empowered, said Mayawati.
The daily wages in UP have been increased from Rs 58 to Rs 100 and about 15 lakh people had benefited from a government scheme of giving government land to poor people, she claimed.
Going out of the way to distant itself from being called a castist party, the BSP supermo said that it was the opponents propaganda which called BSP an anti â€˜Tilak, Traju & Talwarâ€™ party.
â€œWhy would we project Vijay Singh Mankotia, a member from the forward caste, as the chief minister of Himachal if we are an castist party,â€ she said.
Earlier, Satish Chadra Mishra, a BSP Rajya Sabha member said that the party was not against any religion or caste but was against inequality of any kind and BSP had the best credentials from bringing about an equitable order.
Vijay Singh Mankotia, in his brief speech said that BJP and Congress had driven Himachal into a debt trap. He said that both parties have ruled the state for most of the time by dishing out empty promises.
â€œBSP had emerged as an alternative and would win atleast 50 percent seats to form the next government, claimed Mankotia.
Promising clean governance, Mankotia said that the earlier government were responsible for the over 15 lakh unemployed people in the state which has an population of just 60 lakhs.