On a day Samajwadi Party showcased the Janata Parivar constituents together on a stage in Lucknow, about 550 kms away in Saharanpur, BJP president Amit Shah gave a clarion call for “parivartan” (change) in Uttar Pradesh where polls are due early next year. Taking a dig at efforts by Janata Parivar to form a “mahagathbandhan”, Shah said “no alliance” will work in UP as “janata” (masses) has already shaken hands with the BJP.
“Bahut log ek doosre se haath mila rahe hain. Magar haath milane se kuch nahi hoga. Jab Janata haath milayegi tabhi gathbandhan hota hai…aur janata BJP se haath mila chuki hai”. (Many people are shaking hands with each other, but that won’t help them form an alliance. In a democracy, an alliance is formed only when the electorate shake hands with you and the electorate has shaken hands with the BJP),” Shah said. He was addressing party workers after launching BJP’s “Parivartan Rath Yatra”. The yatra will cover 109 constituencies in western UP before concluding in Lucknow on December 24.
Taking a dig at the infighting in the Mulayam Singh Yadav clan Shah said those entrusted with the task of development are busy abusing each other. “Chacha bhatije ko gaali deta hai aur bhatija chacha ko. Aur Buaji dono ko gaali de rahi hain. UP me vikas ke alawa aur sab kuch ho raha hai. Bus vikas hi nahi ho raha hai. (Uncle (SP state president Shivpal Yadav) is abusing nephew (Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav) and vice versa. Aunt (BSP chief Mayawati) is abusing both of them. Meanwhile, no development is taking place in the state),” Shah said.
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Claiming that both the SP and BSP have have sheltered politicians with criminal background, Shah said only BJP was “goonda-free” party and can create a “goonda-free” UP. “Hum Uttar Pradesh ki janata se wada karte hain ki ek baar phir unko Kalyan Singh jaise netrativa ki Sarkar denge jinke raj me, ya to gunde dharti ke ander they, ya jail ke ander (We promise to give UP a government like the one that was led by Kalyan Singh during whose tenure the goondas were either underground or in jail),” Shah said, adding he hopes that the “Parivartan Yatra” will bring one-third majority for BJP in the state in 2017.
Shah also talked about the alleged migration of Hindus from nearby Kairana town, an issue that was first raised by his party’s MP Hukum Singh. The BJP president said that it was the SP government, which was responsible for the “migration” of people residing in Western UP. The BJP leader also attacked Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi over his protests on the One Rank, One Pension and reminded him that the issue was very old and and the Congress government sat on it for decades.