Renewing his attack on BJP, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav Monday said an inquiry has “exposed” their claims of “migration of Hindus from Kairana”. He said the BJP was raising such “baseless” matters to “vitiate” the atmosphere in the poll-bound state —- the attack coming a day after senior BJP leader and Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu said “Kairana migration” will not be a main issue for the party in the Assembly polls in UP due next year.
“The BJP is raising baseless issues like migration from Kairana since they have nothing to show in terms of development during their two years in power. They know if they debated on development, the SP government would lead, hence they have resort to raising such issues to vitiate the atmosphere in state,” Akhilesh said addressing a gathering in Lakhimpur Kheri after laying the foundation stone of several development projects.
Akhilesh also raised the issue of the list of 346 families that BJP MP from Kairana, Hukum Singh, had released claiming that they had migrated out of Kairana. “Some of the people on the list left the place over 15 years back for jobs, some died. But they are saying that it is an exodus and are blaming the state government calling it our failure. An inquiry has found their claims to be false. It has exposed them,” he said, while urging people to “remain cautious” about the “attempts being made by the Opposition.
He said in its two years of power at the Centre, the BJP led government has done nothing for the state. “Despite giving maximum MPs to BJP, Uttar Pradesh did not get anything. Instead the state had to suffer a loss of Rs 9,000 crore after the formation of the NITI Aayog,” he said.
He added that his government’s only focus is on development. “In our 2012 election manifesto, we had promised to connect all districts with four-lane roads and we have fulfilled our promise by connecting 40 districts so far with such roads while the work is on in other districts,” he said.
Akhilesh laid the foundation stone of the 44 km-long Kheri-Sitapur four-lane state highway. He also laid the foundations of Sisaiya-Nighasan-Dhanauraghat state highway and of 13 other new projects.
Earlier, talking to reporters in Muzaffarnagar Sunday evening, Naidu had said the BJP will contest the Assembly polls on the plank of development. “Kairana migration would not be a main issue in UP polls. It is a law and order problem. The party would contest the election on the development plank,” the Union Urban Development Minister said.
Before him, BJP MP Yogi Adityanath had blamed the alleged exodus of Hindus on “pseudo-secularism and appeasement policies” pursued by different governments in UP. “Because of this, the population of Hindus which was once 68 per cent has come down to 8 per cent (in Kairana),” he alleged while addressing a Ram Katha programme in Basti.