BJP chief Amit Shah, CM Yogi Adityanath dine at a Yadav home

On Sunday afternoon, BJP President Amit Shah and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who also joined him for lunch at Sonu Yadav’s residence, drove through the narrow lanes of Badi Jugauli area to reach Yadav’s double-storey and well-furnished house.

Written by Lalmani Verma | Lucknow | Updated: July 31, 2017 6:38 pm
amit shah news, yogi adityanath news, india news, indian express news BJP president Amit Shah, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and others have lunch at Sonu Yadav’s home, in Lucknow on Sunday. Express

A day after he asked his party workers to induct Yadav and Jatav voters into the party to increase its community base, BJP chief Amit Shah on Sunday had lunch at the residence of Sonu Yadav, party chief of Badi Jugauli polling booth, an area in Lucknow Central dominated by Yadavs. While in the past Shah had dined with Dalits during his tours to different states, this was the first time that his host was a Yadav OBC worker.

State Law Minister Brijesh Pathak, who is the local MLA, however, denied any political angle in the decision to dine with a Yadav family. “He (Sonu Yadav) is a dedicated party worker associated with the BJP for a long time. The party national president has said that people from all communities are welcome in the BJP.”

On Sunday afternoon, Shah and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who also joined him for lunch at Yadav’s home, drove through the narrow lanes of Badi Jugauli area to reach Yadav’s double-storey and well-furnished house. Just opposite Sonu Yadav’s house was a plaque stating that the road that Shah and Adityanath took was developed by Samajwadi Party chief and former CM Akhilesh Yadav.

Inside the house, preparations were still on to welcome the guests, which also included deputy CMs Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma, party national vice-president Om Prakash Mathur, national general secretaries Arun Singh and Anil Jain and joint general secretary (organisation) Shiv Prakash.

Sonu Yadav, 33, said he got word of the leaders’ plans only on Sunday morning. Another party office bearer, however, said he was informed Saturday night. Either way, the whole Yadav family was engaged in preparations, so much so that a source said they couldn’t dine with the dignitaries themselves.

“My mother and wife cooked dal, sabji, raita, roti and rice for the guests,” Yadav said. Chhach was also served.
Sitting on the ground, Yadav served food in wooden disposal plates and kulhad to the guests.

Shah also spoke to Yadav about his family, met them and even obliged with requests for a photograph. The dignitaries stayed there for nearly 40 minutes.

Yadav said that he has been with the BJP for 14 years. He said that there are around 1,250 voters in Badi Jugauli polling booth and nearly 800 of them are Yadavs.

The Yadav community is considered a strong vote base of the Samajwadi Party, which has been reduced to just 47 seats in the 403 seat-strong Assembly.

“Now when the SP is weak, this is the ideal time to attract Yadav voters and convince them that the BJP is the party for every section of the society,” said a BJP leader.

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  1. S
    Jul 31, 2017 at 3:56 pm
    areh yar if dogs could vote, this fatty amit shah and this yogi bear would sit down and have a meal with the dogs too. Just to win votes.
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      Parth Garg
      Jul 31, 2017 at 1:53 pm
      Before they landed at Yadav household the floor was covered with poly Vinyl carpet and the walls were covered with wall paper. Food was tested by the senior doctors from government hospital and mineral water was served in plates and glasses were fully sanitized. Hypocrisy at its nadir.
      1. S
        Jul 31, 2017 at 1:01 pm
        they have learnt the art of drama lying from their boss
        1. A
          Jul 31, 2017 at 12:21 pm
          They must have gone home and bathed with go mutra and ganga jal.
          1. P
            Poda De
            Jul 31, 2017 at 11:50 am
            Q : Sir, Why do you identify Congress with eclipses Sonia as Solar Rahu as Lunar ? A : Because they are hell-bent only on masking India's Great Progress under NDA !
            1. P
              Jul 31, 2017 at 11:48 am
              Be it Congress or BJP or anyother party. It is always cast politics which has ruined this country. Appea t is the game. The worst suferrers would be the middle class and especially if they are so called uppet caste. They are just like Trishankus. They caanot have luxuries like rich as they do not have money eventhough they work hard. On the other hand they would not get any relief from the government being upper cast. Life is actually hard for them.
              1. S
                Soma mitra
                Jul 31, 2017 at 11:27 am
                uffff kya pyaar hai ...itna .. pyaar dalit aur yaadav ko apna maa baap se bhi nahi milla
                1. R
                  Jul 31, 2017 at 10:39 am
                  When they indulge in such tokenism, it appears that they are condescending and doing a favour to Dalits, low castes and OBCs. It is not something that they do out of love for them but because of the compulsion of vote bank politics. If such segments of the society get carried away by their symbolism, it won't take them far. All politicians are now expected to deliver the goods and resorting to such tactics is just an attempt to cover up their failures and inherent aversion towards low castes,outcastes and minorities. A leopard can't change its spots. So, one has to beware of this gamesmanship of hypocrites. Wake up India and demand your rights instead of being gullible and effusive of their acts of camouflage.
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