The poster war in the 2017 Uttar Pradesh assembly elections has heated up. A controversial poster has now emerged showing former CM Mayawati as Goddess Kali in Hathras.
The poster, which BJP workers found very offensive, reportedly showed her carrying Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani’s head in her hand.
It also showed Mayawati standing over the body of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat.
But that was not all! It also showed Prime Minister Narendra Modi begging for forgiveness and assuring that the job reservations for the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes would not be scrapped.
The poster apparently referred to a statement made by RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat that said that time has come to rethink on continuation of the job quota. The union government had clarified that there was no such move.
It was titled “Mayawati roared in Parliament” and was credited to a Dhruv Singh Kardam. It was used at a local procession organised to mark Dr BR Ambedkar’s 125th birth anniversary.
BJP state spokesman Vijay Bahadur Pathak said his party has taken serious offence to the posters, and that such “sacrilege was being committed”.
Pathak said the poster depicts the mental bankruptcy of BSP chief Mayawati. “Our workers showed admirable restraint despite provocation,” he said.
Earlier this year, the Parliament witnessed a verbal war between BSP chief Mayawati and HRD Minister Smriti Irani over the suicide of Hyderabad University student Rohith Vemula. Asserting that she was not ‘satisfied’ with Irani’s answers on Rohith Vemula’s suicide, Mayawati had asked if the former would chop her head off and place it on her feet as promised earlier if her reply would be unsatisfactory.
A few days ago, ahead of newly appointed president of Uttar Pradesh BJP Keshav Prasad Maurya’s visit to Varanasi, a poster appeared that showed him as Lord Krishna, with the ‘Sudarshan Chakra’ in one hand. It also displayed leaders including Mayawati, Akhilesh, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, UP minister Azam Khan, and AIMM MP Asaduddin Owaisi indulging in Uttar Pradesh’s ‘chirharan’ (stripping).
Soon after that a new poster was up by Congress that questioned Maurya’s wealth.