Mayawati reviews BSP’s performance in Karnataka assembly polls

LUCKNOW, May 23:
BSP president Mayawati on Tuesday expressed displeasure over her party’s showing in the Karnataka assembly elections, and asked functionaries to work towards improving the party’s base in the southern state.
Reviewing the Bahujan Samaj Party’s performance in the recently concluded polls, Mayawati drew the attention of her party’s leaders in the state to its shortcomings, according to a statement issued here.
The BSP had fielded 133 candidates in the contest for the 224-member Karnataka assembly but drew a blank, getting a meagre 0.31 per cent vote share.
As per the statement, Mayawati said the BSP’s preparation in every state should be such that it is in a good position no matter the mood of the people during the elections.
The humanitarian caravan of Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar and the missionary work of social transformation and economic liberation can be taken forward only when the BSP will form a Government, she said.
The BSP chief also cautioned the Dalit and the Muslim communities, saying they voted for the Congress in Karnataka but were neglected at the time of Government formation.
In a tweet on Saturday, Mayawati had accused the Congress of neglecting Dalits and Muslims while picking the new Karnataka chief minister and the deputy Chief Minister because of the party’s “casteist mindset”. (PTI)