Union Steel minister Beni Prasad Verma, Saturday, came down heavily on Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav and BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, saying that the “match is fixed” between the two parties as they are holding rallies on the same day in the state.
The Union minister also asserted that he is the Congress’s third person — after Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi — in UP.
“The match between Modi and Mulayam, and BJP and SP, has been fixed since long. After the 2002 Godhra riots, SP fielded Muslim candidates in Gujarat to further polarise the votes to ensure BJP victory,” Beni alleged.
He claimed that BJP UP in-charge Amit Shah was playing the role of a “coordinator” and “that is why he was brought to UP.”
“I have received information that Amit Shah drafted the speeches for both Modi and Mulayam (delivered on January 23 in Gorakhpur and Varanasi, respectively),” Beni alleged during a press conference here.
“It appeared (on January 23) that they were speaking from the same dais and were holding a face-to-face debate. On one end, Mulayam was saying that ‘we won’t allow UP to be turned into Gujarat’, while on the other hand, Modi was saying that to make a Gujarat, you need a 56-inch chest. The two parties want to polarise and share the votes between them in UP,” he said.
He also said that the language used by Mulayam for Modi was unsuitable as, despite everything, Modi is the chief
The minister also said that Mulayam wants Congress to be wiped out as he is scared of the “pending CBI cases against him,”
“He is under pressure due to the Rs 600-crore Tatra truck deal, which was finalised during his tenure as the defence minister,” Beni alleged, adding that “if BJP comes to power, the cases will be withdrawn”. Although the Tatra deal was signed during Yadav’s term in 1997, he has not been named in any of the FIRs.