Maintaining the intensity of his attack on the Congress and the JD(U), BJP national president Amit Shah Saturday termed the two parties as “vote katwa” (vote splitters), who were working to help the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in the Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh early next year.
Shah said the Congress vice-president had announced a month-long yatra to revive his party, while JD(U) chief and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is making frequent visits to eastern UP. “Does he have any base there? At best, Congress and JD(U) could split votes and not form the government. People should beware of these vote-katwa (vote splitters),” Shah said while addressing a social media volunteers’ meet here .
He said, for 10 years, the SP and BSP provided “crutches to the Congress-led UPA” at the Centre, and they are now demanding payback. “Till people dump the governments led by ‘bua’ (aunt Mayawati) and ‘bhatija’ (nephew Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav), who have ruined the state with casteist politics, development of UP will remain a far cry. UP has had good governments under Kalyan Singh and Rajnath Singh,” Shah said.
Shah said it was time for the SP government to tell voters what work it had accomplished in the last five years. “Our turn will come in 2019 ,and at that time we will give our report card,” he added.
On accusations by SP, BSP and the Congress that the Modi government had failed to keep its poll promises, Shah said no Opposition party can ever level a single charge of corruption against the Narendra Modi government. “Akhilesh babu, if you are listening…if your ears are open, then listen. What SP, BSP and Congress could not do in 70 years, we have done in two-and-a-half years,” he said.
Dubbing BSP and SP as “kuaan aur khaai”, Shah said that in UP, people were caught between the devil and deep sea.
On Samajwadi Party’s flip-flop over the merger with gangster-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari’s Qaumi Ekta Dal, he said: “There is a shadow boxing going on in the Samajwadi Party. Shivpal Singh says go ahead with it. CM says, no. SP supremo Mulayam says OK…I want to ask even if they don’t induct Afzal and Mukhtar (QED MLAs) they still have (gangster-turned politician) Atiq Ahmed and some others of their kind,” Shah said.
“On the other hand, BSP has Naseemuddin Siddiqui who raised (slogans) against a young girl (daughter of an expelled BJP leader). Women of UP will never pardon him,” he said, asking the people to vote for the BJP, which “does not take help from anti-social elements”.
On Akhilesh accusing the BJP government of not giving enough to the state which gave them 73 MPs in the Lok Sabha polls, Shah said the 14th Finance Commission gave Rs 7.10 lakh crore to UP, which is Rs 5 lakh crore more than what it got under the 13th Finance Commission. Rattling off the schemes initiated by the Modi government, he said a new scheme was launched almost every fortnight.
Shah asked volunteers to communicate the works of the Centre and the failures of Opposition parties among the masses. Addressing BJP’s media in-charge of district units at party state headquarters, Shah said that if BJP comes to power in UP, it would rule at the Centre for the next 50 years.
Earlier in the day, Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman made a presentation of the schemes launched by the Modi government, and the benefits that people have received.
Sitharaman said that Akhilesh Yadav was claiming that his government was developing a Lucknow Metro, but the fact was that Centre has sanctioned Rs 6,926 crore for the first phase of the project.