Allahabad, Dec 7 (ANI): With the ensuing assembly polls to Uttar Pradesh picking-up tempo, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Uma Bharti has assailed the Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) government over graft and allied scams.
Commenting on Mayawati's proposal that Uttar Pradesh would be re-organised into four smaller states - Bundelkhand, Awadh Pradesh, Poorvanchal and Paschim Pradesh, Bharti termed it as a mere political stunt.
"Whether it is division of state or allocation of funds of 2500 crore or even 250000 crore it is all political stunt. I would ask Mayawati to first answer to all allegations which I have stated against her brother Anand Kumar," said Uma Bharti.
In the past, Mayawati has faced criticism for her extravagant birthday celebrations and for building parks with massive statues. She has also been accused of using public funds for her party.
Uttar Pradesh state assembly elections, which are scheduled early next year, hold great political importance, as this state sends the most number of lawmakers to the Parliament.
Bharti further said that she is not against any progressive activity in the country but she is strictly not in favour of foreign direct investment (FDI) in retail.
"We are not against modern developments. If I am saying that I will burn the outlets of Wal-Mart that does not mean that we will not welcome modern development. We will welcome the modern development but it will not be from any foreign company but from our own land, water, forests, farming and out own resources," she added.
Earlier, she had warned that she would torch the outlet of global major Wal-Mart if it opens any branch in Uttar Pradesh.ast month, the Congress-led government approved 51 percent FDI in the supermarket sector, paving the entry of firms such as Wal-Mart and Carrefour into an untapped market worth 450 billion dollars. (ANI)