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Mayawati’s Lucknow rally: 2 dead, 12 injured in stampede

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two women were killed and at least 12 people injured on Sunday in a stampede after a massive rally by BSP chief Mayawati at the Kanshi Ram Smarak Maidan. “A few people coming down the stairs at one of the two gates lost balance and fell on each other. Shanti Devi (68) of Bijnore and another unidentified woman were killed in the incident due to suffocation,” police said.Rumours of a live power line having snapped triggered the stampede. The injured have been rushed to a local hospital, a BSP spokesperson said. Party’s state unit chief Ram Achal Rajbhar, however, said the women died due to humidity and heat.The BSP workers had gathered in large numbers at the ground on party founder Kanshi Ram’s 10th death anniversary. In 2002, at least 12 party workers were killed and 22 injured at the Charbagh Railway station after a BSP rally in Lucknow.
ALSO READ Atrocities committed by BJP in name of Goraksha and religious conversion, says Mayawati at Lucknow rallyAccording to NDTV, several children were reportedly missing in the chaos of the rally. More details of the stampede are awaited.At the rally, the BSP supremo said that the party would not forge any pre-poll alliance in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Punjab.Mayawati asserted that the BJP-rule was biased against minorities and said, “Atrocities have been committed in the name of Goraksha and religious conversion.” Mayawati told Muslim voters to not waste their votes on Samajwadi Party as it will benefit BJP.She also called out the BJP for politicising the surgical strikes and said, “Natakbazi on surgical strikes by BJP is to divert attention of people from failure to perform on the promises made by it during the run-up to 2014 polls.”With PTI inputs.

Atrocities committed by BJP in name of Goraksha and religious conversion, says Mayawati at Lucknow rally

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BSP will not forge any pre-poll alliance in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Punjab, party supremo Mayawati said at a rally held in Lucknow on the tenth death anniversary of party founder Kanshi Ram on Sunday.At the rally, Mayawati asserted that the BJP-rule was biased against minorities and said, “Atrocities have been committed in the name of Goraksha and religious conversion.”Mayawati told Muslim voters to not waste their votes on Samajwadi Party as it will benefit BJP.She also called out the BJP for politicising the surgical strikes and said, “Natakbazi on surgical strikes by BJP is to divert attention of people from failure to perform on the promises made by it during the run-up to 2014 polls.”In the wake of the recent defections from the party, some 13 sitting MLAs planned to showcase the BSP’s strength through the event.According to a Northern Railway release, an advisory had been issued to passengers travelling on October 9 to avoid the rush. A minimum of 10,000 supporters were expected to attend the rally.The BSP leaders have been holding meetings in all the areas of the state to mobilise their supporters.