With his penchant for coining acronyms, Modi dubbed the BSP as Behenji Sampatti Party (Behenji’s wealth) and criticised Mayawati for opposing the demonetisation decision.
Mayawati, on her part, punned on the initials of the Prime Minister’s name, calling him “Negative Dalit Man”.
The Prime Minister was speaking at an election rally in Orai region of Jalaun in Bundelkhand which has traditionally favoured the BSP in elections.
The Prime Minister said those who deposit wealth for themselves can never solve the problems of people.
“Where has Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) reached today…when I announced note ban on November 8 last year, arch rivals SP and BSP, who never see eye-to-eye, came together…I was amazed when I launched a war against corruption and asked for the details of black money. They came together and all, including the Congress, started speaking the same language,” said Modi.
The Prime Minister said the main reason for the parties in Uttar Pradesh to oppose note ban was not that the people suffered but that they did not get enough time to stash away their ill-gotten money.
“Behenji (Mayawati) alleges that Government was ill-prepared… Was it the Government or was it you who was not prepared? She said one week should have been given (before implementing note ban)…Mulayam also said the same thing,” he said.
“Money started being deposited in banks all of a sudden (after note ban) and (Mayawati) started shouting as why is it only at election time that the account of her brother has been made public…why is it being discussed that ₹100 crore has been deposited,” he said.
“Arrey Behenji the discussion was not because elections were being held but because you had deposited ₹100 crore after note ban. The BSP is no longer Bahujan Samaj Party…bahujan toh Mayawati me simat gaya hai (the Dalit identity has been submerged in Mayawati)…It is Behenji Sampatti Party now. Those who deposit wealth for themselves, can they solve your problem?” he asked.
‘BSP is a movement’
Not to take the remark lying down, Mayawati said Modi does not know that BSP is a movement first and then a political party. “I have dedicated my entire life for making members of Dalit, deprived and weaker sections and Muslims stand on their feet.”
“Modi is defining BSP wrongfully…I dedicated my life for the poor, the deprived and the Dalits…they consider me as a big “sampatti’ (asset) for them,” the former Chief Minister said.
“The Prime Minister has compelled me to define Narendra Damodardas Modi as ‘Mr Negative Dalit Man’”. “Narendra stands for ‘Negative’, Damodardas means ‘Dalit’ and Modi is ‘Man’,” she said, adding, “I have given the definition of the Prime Minister taking into consideration his work and behaviour.” “Perturbed over the rising popularity of the BSP, the Prime Minister is indulging in cheap rhetoric and petty talk about its supreme leader and has termed BSP as Behenji Sampatti Party,” she told an election rally in Sultanpur. “He (Modi) is an expert in jumlebaazi (rhetoric) but when he will get a tit-for-tat reply he will forget all about it and today I have been compelled to do the same for him,” she said.