BJP president Amit Shah on Wednesday urged the people of Uttar Pradesh to stop switching allegiances between the ruling SP and BSP, both of which had “dragged the state down to rock bottom”, and give his party a chance instead, assuring them that BJP would make the state ‘Uttam Pradesh’.
Shah was speaking at a public meeting organised at Jan Sangh ideologue Deen Dayal Upadhyaya’s birthplace in Mathura. He initially had lunch at the Deen Dayal Dhaam, an ashram built in the name of Upadhyaya, before addressing the meeting, where he maintained that the function was not a political rally.
However, he soon started taking potshots at SP and BSP for “lack of development” in the state.
“Bees saalo se SP, BSP kar rahe ho aap log. Iss SP, BSP ne Uttar Pradesh ko sabse neeche pahucha dia hai. In bees saalo me doosre pradesho, jahan BJP ki sarkar rahi, waha ghar ghar me bijli aa gai, paani aa gaya, sadkein ban gayi. Gaon me hospital aur schools ban gaye.
UP me kya hua? (For the past 20 years, you have been choosing between SP and BSP. In these 20 years, states where the BJP is ruling has got water supply, new roads and electricity in every home. Villages now have schools and hospitals. What happened in UP?)” asked Shah, adding that the state was still struggling to provide its people these basic amenities despite having an abundance of resources.
Training his guns on Akhilesh Yadav and his uncle Shivpal Yadav, a minister in his nephew’s Cabinet, Shah said he knew that ‘Chacha-Bhatija’ would not be able to lead the state on the path of development.
“It is high time that voters of UP saved themselves from the ‘goondaism’ of Samajwadi Party and the corruption of BSP rule. Masses in Uttar Pradesh should now vote for BJP to make UP ‘Uttam Pradesh’,” said Shah, adding that he was confident that if his party came to power in UP, the country’s GDP would go up. In his 20-minute speech, he also claimed that if a BJP government is formed in Uttar Pradesh, it would not be of any specific caste or religion, but of the poor.
Shah visited Nagla Chandrabhan village of Farah town in Mathura on the second day of a three-day long celebration at Deen Dayal Dhaam. He was accompanied by RSS joint general secretary Dattatrey Hosabale and local BJP MP Hema Malini.
The party’s national general secretary (organisation) Ram Lal and BJP state president Keshav Prasad Maurya also shared the stage with Shah. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had attended the celebrations at the village last year.
Applauding the life and contributions of Upadhyaya, Amit Shah claimed that BJP is now the biggest party in the world. “It is on his principles that 13 states and the Centre ruled by BJP are governing for the betterment of masses,” he said.
Shah also questioned the policies of Jawahar Lal Nehru after Independence, and held that for one reason or other, the credit for freedom would always be attributed to Congress.
He alleged that Nehru’s policies were influenced by the West and thus, the Jan Sangh was formed by Upadhyaya and Syama Prasad Mukherjee to provide an alternate ideology for saving the nation.