Having shifted into poll gear, BJP president Amit Shah Tuesday projected Prime Minister Narendra Modi as “UP wala” as he made a strong pitch for the party’s surge in next year’s Assembly polls, saying its “victory march” would be incomplete without a win in the country’s largest state.
“Pradhan Mantri Narendra Modi UP wale hain kyunki wo UP se chun kar sansad me gaye hain (PM Narendra Modi is from UP as he has been elected to Lok Sabha from this state). BJP’s victory march won’t be complete unless we win Uttar Pradesh, the biggest state in the country. It is important for us to form a government here because India cannot progress without UP,” Shah said in Kasganj.
Modi is a member of Lok Sabha from Varanasi in UP.
To a question that minorities feel unsafe in BJP rule, he said the party was ruling 15 states and the minorities are safer there than under the Akhilesh Yadav regime in UP.
Stating that PM wants to ensure development of UP, Shah said Centre has brought a number of schemes for welfare of the people, but Akhilesh was creating roadblocks in their implementation in the state.
Citing examples, he said the state government did not finalise tenders under PM Kisan Crop Insurance Scheme, causing loss to the farmers. “Similar is the situation in MGNREGA, where e-registering was not done as a result of which people were not getting their payments,” he said.
He accused the SP government of being “neck deep in corruption” and cited the Yadav Singh case in Noida scam. “SP which came to power the plank of removing corruption has not done anything concrete on that front. SP and BSP have a tacit understanding. When SP comes to power it shields the corruption of BSP and when BSP comes to power it releases goons patronised by SP,” he alleged.
‘Six CMs in UP’
Accusing the the SP government of failing to run the administration, he said it was not clear as to how many chief ministers were working in the state and said “some say there are a total of six CMs”.
While criticising the SP government, he asked people whether they get power for 24 hours in UP. “There is no shortage of power, the shortcoming is in intentions of SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and CM Akhilesh. In five years, the SP government could not create infrastructure required to supply power to every home. In two years, we (NDA government) gave power to 9,000 villages,” he said.
He said that UP police do not lodge complaints against accused of a particular caste and particular community. “Except for a few, all citizens in Uttar Pradesh are treated as second-rate citizens. If there is a BJP government in the state, there will be strong action against every goon irrespective of one’s caste. We will make Uttar Pradesh free of goonda raj,” he said.
‘Your lab, your inquiry’
On the allegations that BJP was trying to disturb communal harmony and SP’s claim that the “family members of Rajnath Singh” are attempting to disturb peace in Bisara village of Dadri, Shah said it shows that the SP does not know how to run administration and government. “Lab is yours. SP and DM are yours and it is your inquiry,” he said, referring to a forensic lab report that said it was the meat of “cow or its progeny”, which allegedly was found at the scene of Mohammed Akhlaq’s lynching in Bisara last year.
Shah said BJP has not called any panchayat in Bisara and has nothing to do with it. “But if a few people are standing there peacefully, what is going to happen with that?,” he asked.
Balyan remark personal
He said Union Minister Sanjeev Balyan’s statement on inquiry into reported consumption of beef in Bisara village was his personal opinion, and not that of BJP or the government.
On UP PWD Minister Shivpal Yadav’s statement that Shah should give the evidence that he gave patronised the illegal occupants in Mathura, the BJP president said the evidence can be given only by the person who is conducting an inquiry into it.
He also dismissed BSP chief Mayawati’s allegation of BJP “suddenly showing affection towards Dalits”, saying she will continue to talk this way until the counting of votes takes place.
On the possibilities of horse-trading in the ensuing Rajya Sabha elections, he said the BJP was not in favour of any such practice and its MLAs have supported independent candidate Preeti Mahapatra because they want to defeat the SP and BSP.
To a question that he and his state president Keshav Maurya have been involved in criminal cases, Shah said there was no case against him and Maurya has only faced cases lodged with political motivation by SP and BSP governments.
He alleged that during 10 years of UPA, which was supported by SP and BSP, scams worth Rs 12 lakh crore took place. “They left no place whether it is the skies, water, earth and beneath the surface where corruption and scams did not take place,” Shah said while listing out various scams during the UPA regime. Shah said that BJP’s direct fight in UP was with SP and only BJP can defeat SP in the state in next polls. He asked the party workers to contact at least 50 of their relatives through phone, letters, SMS and appeal them to support BJP in next polls.
Maurya said that if any fake cases are lodged against the party workers in “their fight for the cause of public”, they would be withdrawn when BJP forms government.