BSP

Opposition parties on Wednesday slammed the Uttar Pradesh government over its decision to do away with 25,000 home guards, saying instead of providing employment, the BJP government is increasing "joblessness".

"Before his death, Babasaheb converted his religion. Now, you would be thinking that when Behenji would follow the path of Babasaheb and convert to....

The development comes ahead of civic body polls and bypolls for two assembly seats in Rajasthan and has increased the tally of the Congress in the 200-member Assembly to 106. The House has an effective strength of 198 as two seats are vacant.

"The news of the high court staying the forcible declaration of 17 OBCs as Scheduled Castes in Uttar Pradesh is naturally in limelight today. Such decisions guided by total selfish political motives do not affect any party/government but the entire society gets affected by it. Most unfortunate," Mayawati tweeted in Hindi.

"The BSP men should remain alert to save themselves from biased government actions," she said while expressing concern over "rising" incidents of mob lynching, violence and murder in the state.

She was elected BSP president unanimously at a special meeting of senior office-bearers of the party's central executive committee, its state units and representatives selected from across the country, a party release said.

A day after Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat said there should be a conversation in a harmonious atmosphere between those in favour of reservation and those against it, Mayawati said such a debate would generate a dangerous situation of doubt which was not needed.

Jailed BJP MLA Sengar and nine others were booked for murder on Monday, a day after the car in which the 19-year old rape survivor, her family and lawyer were travelling was hit by a speeding truck in Rae Bareli, killing two members and leaving her and the advocate critically injured.