Uttar Pradesh elections: I see a BJP wave in UP bigger than in 2014, says Amit Shah

Amit Shah also said he thinks the BJP is up against the BSP as well in certain areas of the state.

Written by Sheela Bhatt | Amethi | Updated: February 17, 2017 10:55 am
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Taking the poll fight to Amethi, the Lok Sabha constituency of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi who has stitched up an alliance with the SP led by Akhilesh Yadav, BJP president Amit Shah Thursday claimed there was a BJP wave in Uttar Pradesh, “bigger than what it was in 2014 (Lok Sabha elections)”.

As he campaigned for his party candidate Garima Singh who faces Gayatri Prajapati of the SP, Shah told a rally in Amethi to “change the destiny of Uttar Pradesh… Badla lene ka samay aa gaya hai. Button dabakar parivartan karo, SP sarkar ko UP se ukhaad kar phek do (the time for revenge has come, press the button to bring change, throw out the SP government from UP).”

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“I see today a wave bigger than what it was in 2014 in favour of the Bharatiya Janata Party in Uttar Pradesh,” Shah told The Indian Express after his speech. He also said he thinks the BJP is up against the BSP as well in certain areas of the state.

While he attacked the SP, Shah took swipes at Rahul Gandhi in Amethi: “Rahul baba, aap ki aankho par Italian chasma laga hai (you are wearing Italian glasses, Rahul). Seeking to draw a distinction between the response of the Modi government and the previous UPA government on terror emanating from Pakistan, he said: “Ab intt ka jawab patthar se dete hain (the response now is tough).”

His remark that the BJP, if voted to power, would shut down slaughter houses in Uttar Pradesh drew applause from the crowd.

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He addressed four rallies Thursday in Chayal, Raniganj, Pratapgarh and Amethi — areas which in the past elections were considered weak areas for the BJP.

He has asked BJP leaders to corner anti-incumbency votes, and ensure that these don’t go to the BSP. Yet, the BSP, in the BJP gameplan, should remain strong enough to wean away Muslim votes from the SP.

Given the triangular contest in the state, Shah begins his speeches — as he did in Raniganj and Amethi Thursday — saying “Don’t vote for a BJP candidate, don’t vote to bring BJP to power. Vote to change the destiny of Uttar Pradesh. Throw out this SP government” before underlining “Bas ek baar, bas ek baar Uttar Pradesh mein Narendra Modi ko mauka do (give Narendra Modi one chance in Uttar Pradesh)”.

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First Published on: February 17, 2017 5:38 am
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    Atish Bakshi
    Feb 17, 2017 at 2:28 am
    I fail to understant why these gujrati duo is blaming U p ? They are bringing disrepute to every person living in U p just as they did to biharis. Ye log u p ka apmaan kar rahe hai. Puri duniya ko ye log bata rahe hai ki u p ke log gunde hai. Itna bada U P ka apmaan kisi ne nahi kiya. Why this gujjus want to rule the Up?
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      Satyaki
      Feb 17, 2017 at 2:11 am
      Mote, must be you seeing illusions because of your fat diabetes.
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        J.venkatarao
        Feb 17, 2017 at 4:33 pm
        Next government is going to be BJP gov in UP. The country is eagerly looking forward for that. A stable government in UPcan do wonders.
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          Deepak
          Feb 17, 2017 at 4:19 am
          I think bjp has to wait 5 to 10 more years .from last 5 years SP is doing well in UP
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            Antony
            Feb 17, 2017 at 2:22 am
            Why attakc personal allowed by Islamic pre$$ute express?
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              Vikas
              Feb 17, 2017 at 12:26 am
              Lol ....of course it is a wave but in favour of Akhilesh....SP is winning 300 seats...
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                Vidhu
                Feb 17, 2017 at 2:49 am
                People in state of UP very well know that it is concerning welfare of their state nothing related to policy of Note ban. Decisive victory for BJP.
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                  Ajay G
                  Feb 17, 2017 at 2:31 am
                  UP needs to be freed from.cast politics. A change is long overdue.
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                    Bhakt
                    Feb 17, 2017 at 3:16 am
                    UP is going to be governed by a BJP govt for next 5 years. It was decided by people 2 months back (in the thick of DM). lt;br/gt; lt;br/gt;It may not be two third majority, though.
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                      Asghar
                      Feb 17, 2017 at 2:27 am
                      Falsehood gang
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                        Chandan Bhowmick
                        Feb 17, 2017 at 1:27 am
                        Oh,S P will get 375 and Akhilesh will become by the end of March 2017
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                          sps
                          Feb 17, 2017 at 1:57 am
                          Why he made this claim? It's not April fool's day yet.
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                            Dinesh Singh
                            Feb 20, 2017 at 1:51 am
                            BJP CM candidate will be chosen out of 325 victors where as other party just force their CM candidates in air even before the outcome of ensuing election in UP.
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                              Deeksha Sharma
                              Feb 17, 2017 at 1:50 am
                              This guy is a liar and misleading Mr. Modi. Don't know why Mr. Modi made him in charge of elections. All they have addressed so far are empty chairs. EC will not take any action on their false proclamations.
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                                nikerl
                                Feb 18, 2017 at 4:54 am
                                we are very fortunate to have such PM which not only uphold his promise to save the honest but the w country which are infuse with bhedia (fox) like people take shelter in different corrupt parties .... lt;br/gt;The true indian cizen shall gets unite and eradicate the dynasty based politics bhai, bhatija, bhabi, bua , chaha
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                                  Jujhar G
                                  Feb 17, 2017 at 4:50 am
                                  He means Modi is PM only of BJP ruled states !!!
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                                    ghosh
                                    Feb 18, 2017 at 4:53 am
                                    The election in UP is turning point of development , whether they want to grow up like prosperous state like Gujarat, Maharashtra or being getting vitimised by dynasty politics from chacha, bhatija, bhaiya, bua, bibi, bhabi etc. These akilish govt is saviour of their own KUNBA not for other.lt;br/gt;Elect and follow the path of Shri Narendra Modi for development of own and state
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                                      ghosh
                                      Feb 18, 2017 at 4:52 am
                                      The good thing about our honorable PM is keeping the country first and later the political party belongs to. We are very lucky to have such PM . We are safe in our Country India.
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                                        stranger
                                        Feb 17, 2017 at 2:14 am
                                        if turnout is high it is bjps election same as 14. otherwise sp/cng will prevail. if bjp doesn't do well even with higher turnout then a that signals the need of drastically correcting course if it is to recover by next 19.
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                                          Venkataraman Jagadesan
                                          Feb 18, 2017 at 4:31 am
                                          It is missing and it can be seen in the comments.
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                                            Legal
                                            Feb 17, 2017 at 2:15 am
                                            Indicators point to a 2/3 majority for BJP in UP. Now UP'll join the list of 'forever BJP' states
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