Setting the tone for his party’s campaign in Uttar Pradesh which goes to assembly polls next year, BJP president Amit Shah launched a frontal attack on rivals Saturday, saying the SP, if it returns to power, “will work for only a particular caste” and the BSP “will work for only its own development and not of any caste”.
Urging Uttar Pradesh to complete its “unfinished work” by voting for the BJP as it did to “ensure absolute majority for the Modi government and absolute majority for a BJP government at the Centre”, he also attacked the Congress saying “there has been no development in the country because only one family held power for 60 of the 70 years since Independence”.
Addressing a gathering at the Kakori Shaheed Smarak on the outskirts of Lucknow, Shah said: “Can Uttar Pradesh develop under the rule of SP or BSP? Can it get 24-hour power supply? Can it stop incidents like Bulandshahr and Mathura? Can there be employment for youth? Can there be an ambulance in every village? Can big industries come here? Can water reach every field? Can farmers be compensated in times of crisis? Can corruption go? Can goondaraj come to an end?”
He alleged that the SP government was creating hurdles in implementation of central schemes like Ujjwala Yojana, farmers crop insurance scheme, development of houses for poor. He said the UP government did not provide land for AIIMS, so the Centre decided to develop the project on its own land.
He was in Kakori to attend a BJP programme called ‘Azadi ke 70 varsh: Zara yaad karo qurbani’, part of the Tiranga Yatra. Paying rich tributes to revolutionaries behind the Kakori Conspiracy, Shah said though he did not wish to speak on political issues, he could not help remind Uttar Pradesh of what had befallen the state.
He said state BJP president Keshav Prasad Maurya had asked him to get the Kakori memorial developed as a place of tourism. “I assure you that I will convey this to the Prime Minister so that this memorial is developed as a major tourist attraction which will be a source of inspiration for the youth.”
He said BJP leaders and workers, as part of the Tiranga Yatra, will visit every tehsil and district across the country with the Tricolour to offer tributes to freedom fighters for their sacrifice.
Shah later visited the Malihabad home of Kaushal Kishore, BJP MP from Mohanlalganj and one of its Dalit faces in UP, who had organised a lunch to which Dalits had been invited. Earlier, speaking at the meeting, Kishore accused BJP opponents of carrying out atrocities on Dalits and blaming the BJP to malign its image. He alleged that when Mayawati was Chief Minister, no person from any caste could contact her or officials of her office regarding any problem.