The BJP said on Wednesday that the “high-voltage family drama” in the ruling Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh was aimed at diverting attention from “real issue” of the state, which goes to polls next year. The party said the state government is taking its last breath in ICU and nothing can rescue it at the fag end of its term after it “looted” the state throughout its tenure.
“No medicine or prayer will rescue this government. The high voltage family drama is an attempt to save the sinking ship and divert attention from the real issues,” party national secretary Shrikant Sharma said.
He added that the developments in the Akhilesh Yadav’s government are similar to what happened in the last months of the previous Mayawati government, which was voted out in the 2012 Assembly polls. “It is a government of criminals and corruption. The state has been witnessing the criminal activities of those in government,” Sharma said.
Questioning the CM’s sincerity in his dismissal of mining minister Gayatri Prajapati, Sharma said the state’s Lokayukta had called for his sack and a probe against him two years ago but he took no action.
In a similar vein, Union Minister Kalraj Mishra dubbed the development IN UP as ruling party’s “futile bid” to build its public image ahead of 2017 polls.
“The Samajwadi Party is experiencing that it cannot run government. To build confidence in public, it (SP) is making changes in its ministry and the organisation,” the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Minister told reporters in Bhopal.
However, Mishra added that he would not comment on the “internal matter” of SP. “I feel that people of UP are fed up with lawlessness prevailing in state. They are realising that government won’t do any good to them. Even Mulayam Singh had criticised the UP ministers over corruption. He had said that musclemen are growing stronger in UP,” the BJP leader said.
The senior leader expressed hope that BJP will win the UP elections hands down with a majority and added that “development, lawlessness and social harmony” will be the major issues in the party’s poll campaign.
In Lucknow, party’s state unit chief Keshav Prasad Maurya said, “The Samajwadi Party has totally failed in checking law and order, prevailing ‘goonda raj’, corruption and land grabbing and so it has resorted to these tactics for diverting people’s attention to build up the image of Mulayam’s son and chief minister.”
Questioning both Mulayam and Akhilesh on various decisions taken by them, Maurya said it has now been proved that the tussle for power and personal gains within the government and the ruling party have become anarchic in which bureaucracy is also being used as a tool without bothering for the interest of common people of the state.
The internal tussles within the SP’s first family has also given handle to BSP to target it.
BSP chief Mayawati has already urged the Election Commission to declare the state elections early – by January-February next year, arguing that the family feud within the ruling SP and “jungleraj” in UP would lead to chaos in governance in coming months and cause difficulty in holding “independent, impartial and peaceful” elections in view of “infighting within the first