BJP PRESIDENT Amit Shah was in the Samajwadi Party’s family bastion of Etawah Thursday, addressing the party’s first ‘sankalp rally’ during the course of which he attacked feuding uncle and nephew Shivpal Yadav and Akhilesh Yadav while hailing “Shri Ram” and India’s strike across the LoC. Predicting a two-thirds majority for the BJP in UP in 2017, he also attacked SP minister Azam Khan, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and BSP chief Mayawati at the rally, organised by former BSP MP Brijesh Pathak who joined the BJP recently.
In a reference to the family feud in the SP, he said the ruling party was interested not in law and order but in ‘lo aur order do’. “Humne jo 1 lakh crore Uttar Pradesh ko extra dia hai, usme se aapko kuch nahin milega. Chacha khayenge, bhateeja khayega or bacha hua Azam Khan chaat jayega,” he said.
Shah started his address with “Bharat Mata ki jai”, followed by “Jai Shri Ram”. As the large audience picked up the chant, Shah kept it up while asking the crowd, “Aap chahte ho kya main bhi jai Shri Ram bolu.”
Shah said he had seen a wave for the BJP in 2014, which this time is even larger and will sweep all rivals away giving the BJP a two-thirds majority.
Referring to India’s strike across the LoC, Shah mentioned Etawah’s Nitin Yadav, a BSF jawan killed by terrorists in J&K. He said the Indian Army has become famous across the world after the strike, which he said took place when the PM had motivated the army. He mocked Rahul: “Ek aur hain Rahul Baba.. arey hasiye mat… woh bade beta hain. Unhone ek jagah kisano ko wada kiya ki woh aalu ki factory lagayenge. Arey aap mujhe bataiye, kya aalu ki factory ho sakti hai? Woh log kya kisano ka bhala karenge jinhe ye bhi nahin pata ki aalu factory me nahin, dharti me paida hota hai. Mainpuri, Saifai, Etawah ki janata ko aalu ki factory ki zaroorat nahin, woh yahan ka kisan khud paida karta hai. Yaha ke kisano ko aalu k chips ki factory ki zaroorat hai, jo BJP laga ke degi.”
About the Congress, Shah said , “They were involved 2G and ISRO scam in the universe. Then in the sky, it was corruption in purchase of aircraft. In the sea, they looted India in purchase of submarines and on land, it was the Adarsh scam and Commowealth Games. They didn’t even spare pataal and got involved in the coal scam.”
About Mayawati, Shah said most crimes against women and Dalits had taken place during the BSP’s rule. “Bhatija aur bua [ a reference to Akhilesh and Mayawati] can’t improve the situation in Uttar Pradesh,” he said.
The Kalyan Singh reference
One comment that drew a sharp rection from Mayawati was Shah’s praise for Kalyan Singh’s BJP government from 1992. Calling for votes, he said, “Hum Uttar Pradesh ki janata se wada karte hain ki ek baar phir unko Kalyan Singh jaise netrativa ki sarkar denge. jinke raaj me ya to gunde dharti ke ander they ya jail ke ander.”
Mayawati said Shah had “insulted” the people of UP, pointing out that Kalyan Singh’s government was dismissed in 1992 for an “unconstitutional act”. This was after the Babri demolition in December 1992.
In a party statement, Mayawati said Shah should apologise. She said the BJP does not have an example of “good governance” to cite and that is why it is talking of Kalyan Singh’s government, which was dismissed “for bad law and order” and “violation of the Constitution and Supreme Court orders”.