Launching a major offensive at the successive BSP and Samajwadi Party governments in Uttar Pradesh, BJP president Amit Shah Wednesday said had there been no “corruption in the UP mining department” in Akhilesh Yadav regime, then “every household would have got a colour TV” and had Mayawati distributed the money “she spent on her bungalows, every Dalit household would have got an air conditioner.”
Terming the feud in the ruling Yadav family as “a fight bigger than the Mahabharata”, Shah accused Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and his uncle and Cabinet minister Shivpal Yadav of being “entangled in sharing the loot money” even as the state’s development and law and order suffers.
Claiming that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has allocated Rs 1 lakh crore to the state, Shah alleged that the money meant “for the poor in UP is distributed between the uncle and the nephew” and nothing reaches the Dalits and the backwards.
“The government of UP does not know if a Dalit’s house is getting water or electricity…If the youth are getting employment. They are just tangled in deciding their share of the loot money. In last 10 days, the people of UP have seen that Yadav family is going through a bigger fight than the Mahabharata, while the state is getting ruined,” he said.
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“The uncle expels nephew’s people from the party. Then the nephew puts uncle’s people in jail. At some point, Amar Singh appears playing the role of Narada,” he added. Addressing a ‘Parivartan Maharally’ organised by former BSP leader Swami Prasad Maurya, Shah asked why was Gayatri Prasad Prajapati reinstated as mining minister after being dismissed from the Cabinet by CM Akhilesh Yadav on charges of corruption.
“Akhilesh will have to answer that. Had there been no corruption in the mining department in the state (headed by Prajapati), every household would have got a colour TV,” Shah said. Targeting Mayawati, Shah said the BSP chief has entered into the fight to form the government and “after indulging in scams worth Rs 40,000 crore,” she says she will improve the condition of the state.
“Do you know that Mayawati has so many bungalows in Delhi that had she distributed the money spent on them, every Dalit household would have got an air conditioner,” the BJP chief said, adding, “Behenji (Mayawati) you got clear majority (in 2007)… but what did you do? NRHM scam, Noida plot allotment scam, Taj corridor scam, security number plate scam, police recruitment scam…”
Shah said that 1,074 Dalits had been killed during the Mayawati government in UP, and asked her to explain the killings before seeking votes from the community. “While Mayawati exploits Dalits, SP commits atrocities on them,” he alleged, adding both cannot do any good and it was only BJP which can work for their uplift on its “sabka saath, sabka vikas” motto.
Shah also hit out at Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, who is currently on ‘Deoria to Dilli Kisan Yatra’. “Rahul baba, your family ruled the country for 65 years… it is Congress, which is responsible for farmers’ plight…had the party been real sympathiser of farmers their condition would not have been like this,” Shah said.
He said Congress was a “vote katua party out to help the SP and BSP to repay the cost of 10 years of support they provided to UPA at the Centre”. Addressing the gathering, largely consisting of people from the Kushwaha-Maurya caste, as “dear brothers from Dalit and backward communities”, Shah said the BJP not only has space for them in the party, but also in its heart.
Maurya in his speech alleged that Mayawati was “openly selling” B R Ambedkar’s mission to “moneybags who are getting tickets in place of poor Dalits and backwards”. He claimed that Mayawati was highlighting the Una incident of Gujarat, where Dalits were flogged by “so-called cow protectors”, but has not said anything on atrocities on hundreds of Dalits in UP. “Mayawati is the biggest enemy of Dalits. She has not done nothing for them,” he added.
Two more OBC BSP MLAs, Dharm Singh Saini from Nakur seat of Saharanpur and Ramesh Kushwaha from Lalitpur assembly seat, joined the BJP at the rally. Shah is scheduled to visit Mathura on September 28 for five-day long birth centenary celebrations of BJP ideologue Deen Dayal Upadhyay. The celebrations, which will start on September 25, will also be attended by Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh, among others.