LUCKNOW: Atleast two died and 13 people were injured during a stampede at BSP chief Mayawati’s rally in Lucknow on Sunday. However, BSP’s UP state president Ramachal Rajbhar said that one woman had died due to humidity and not because of any stampede.
According to NDTV, several children were reportedly missing in the chaos of the rally. More details of the stampede are awaited.
Mayawati held the rally in Lucknow on the tenth death anniversary of party founder Kanshi Ram. More than one lakh people reportedly attended the event.
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.”