Addressing a massive election rally at Shivaji Park, the BSP chief Mayawati stoked the sensitive subject of unfair treatment of north Indians migrants in Mumbai. Mayawati reassured her followers she would fight against the communal forces (read MNS) to make Mumbai a save heaven for them to earn their livelihood. Raj Thackeray and the ruling Congress in her line of fire, BSP Chief Mayawati unleashed her maya in the state with the rally in Mumbai, promising everything to everyone. Welfare of upper castes was topmost on her agenda, as she promised to fight for reservations for economically backward Brahmins. Addressing a huge rally at Shivaji Park, Mayawati said there were poor even among the upper sections in society. She said that she sent a proposal to the Centre to rehabilitate them by providing jobs under a special quota in the government. But her proposal was gathering dust in Delhi. She promised that she would ensure its implementation if voted to power. The BSP is contesting all 48 seats in Maharashtra and has given tickets to candidates from all castes and communities, a move the Dalit leader hopes will help extend her social engineering model to the state. Speaking at a stone’s throw from North Indian-baiter and MNS chief Raj Thackeray’s home, she drew attention to the “injustice” done to outsiders settled in Maharashtra. She also attacked the Congress at the Centre for the hike in prices of essential commodities and for being unable to tackle terrorism and the Naxal menace in the country. Speaking on slum dwellers, present in good strength at the rally, Mayawati said that in UP, she built pucca houses, provided jobs to slum residents and basic amenities like electricity and drinking water. Muslims, she promised to represent their cause in Parliament and condemned the Congress for not implementing the Sachar panel report. The BSP has given the Mumbai North Central ticket to Haji Ibrahim Shaikh popularly known as Bhaijan. The 55 year old nominee might spoil the plot for Congres nominee Priya Dutt in a constituency believed to be easy for her in the absence of a Samajwadi candidate. He addressed the audience during the rally. With cameraperson Roshan Hate, Mushtaq Khan for NMTV News.
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