Mumbai: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati yesterday declared her party’s intention to capture power in the centre with the aim of improving the lot of the poor, minorities and weaker sections of society.

An estimated 300,000 people thronged at the Shivaji Park to hear Mayawati, who was addressing a rally for the first time outside Uttar Pradesh since her surprise victory in that state in May.

Amid periodic applause, Mayawati trained guns at all other major parties including the Congress, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and their allies, saying they always came to power with the support of industrialists.

“After coming to power, they simply forget the poor, the backward sections, minorities and the downtrodden of society who continue to suffer in their misery,” Mayawati said.

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Mumbai, Nov 25 (ANI): Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati today addressed a rally in Mumbai in an attempt to woo voters of Maharashtra.

“Our party believes that people in Maharashtra, rather in India, should come together and join hands. People of all sections of the society should support our party so that we can come to power. It is important for us,” said Mayawati.

She further said that it was important for people to unite irrespective of their religion, caste and community.

Mumbai was painted blue with posters and banners to welcome the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader, who seems all set to capture a vote bank outside her state.

Mayawati commands almost total support of Dalits in Uttar Pradesh, who constitute about 21 percent of the state’s population. (ANI)