Kicking off his party’s poll campaign here on Thursday,BJP president Nitin Gadkari steered clear of the issue of induction of former UP family welfare minister Babu Singh Kushwaha into the party. Instead,he focussed on alleged corruption by the state and Central governments.
After the meeting,Gadkari refused to comment on Kushwaha. Since Kushwaha hails from Bundelkhands Banda district and the BJP hopes to gain from his reported following among OBCs,local BJP leaders had expected Gadkari to mention him in his speech.
But Gadkari spoke of the companies allegedly run by Chief Minister Mayawati’s brother Anand Kumar and BSP general secretary S C Mishra’s relatives to launder money. He also mentioned the CWG and 2G spectrum scams,and asked why Union Home Minister Chidamabaram was not in jail.
Stating that there had been no development in Bundelkhand region in the last seven years,Gadkari said the Prime Minister had visited this region seven years back and announced a package for its development. Why is there no development in Bundelkhand?
He said farmers were dying under the pressure of paying interest on their loans. You can purchase a Mercedes vehicle at lower interest rate than a tractor. Orange is cheap but juice is costly. Tomatoes are cheap but sauce is costly, he said.
At one point,he also referred to the Allahabad High Court judgment in the Ayodhya case. He promised that if voted to power,BJP would bring Ram Rajya.
Uma Bharti,the other important speaker,targeted the BSP government. She spoke of the alleged rape and murder of a minor in a police station at Nighasan,the alleged rape of a girl by a BSP MLA in Banda. The BJP has fielded Pragi Lal Ahirwar as its nominee for the Mauranipur (reserved) constituency. Ahirwar has won the seat three times.