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BJP national president Amit Shah Monday attacked the Uttar Pradesh government, “run by three and a half chief ministers”, of having “failed” to maintain law and order in the state and termed the fiasco over the on-off merger of Quami Ekta Dal into the Samajwadi Party as “a drama between the uncle and nephew”.
Addressing BJP’s booth-level workers from Awadh region in Barabanki, Shah said the ruling party’s politics was “based on people like Mukhtars and Atiqs”, referring to gangster-turned-politicians Mukhtar Ansari (QED founder) and Atiq Ahmed (former SP MP).
“Recently the CM’s uncle (Shivpal Yadav) merged Mukhtar’s party into SP, which angered the nephew (Akhilesh). Ye chacha-bhatija ki noorakushti kahin aur karo, Uttar Pradesh ki janata sab samajh chuki hai (play this drama of shadow boxing somewhere else, the people of Uttar Pradesh knows everything now),” Shah said, and questioned Akhilesh’s stance on Mukhtar.
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“You say you will not take Mukhtar Ansari into your party fold, then what will you do about Atiq Ahmed? Will you also remove him from the party? SP is full of Mukhtars and Atiqs,” he said.
Targeting the state government over the land and order issue, Shah alleged that the “exodus” of Hindus from Kairana and Kandhla towns of Shamli was “happening across the state”.
“This (alleged exodus) is not taking place only in Kairana but in the entire state. The issue is related to law and order. Will (US President Barack) Obama handle the law and order here. Akhilesh ji, it is your responsibility to maintain law and order,” he said, adding that “only corruption prevailed in the state”.
If a person goes to a police station with his complaint, his caste and community is asked first, Shah claimed and asked the gathering if it was “ready to tolerate this”. “Jobs and laptops are provided to people of one particular caste and one community. Where will others go? They all will come to BJP,” he said and reminded people of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s slogan of ‘sabka saath-sabka vikas’.
The BJP leader said his party will raise the violent clash between police and encroachers in Mathura’s Jawahar Bagh during its campaign for the assembly elections next year.
“Akhilesh ji, you do not consider Mathura incident an issue. A government land remains in the illegal possession of some people for over two years under the patronage of a senior minister of your cabinet and two police officers get killed (in the eviction drive). Still you do not consider it an issue. When you could not protect the police, how will you protect the people of UP?” Shah said.
He termed Mathura violence “a shameful incident”, which BJP will “take it to the public”. “Every inch of land that the SP workers have grabbed, BJP workers will fight against those. It will be an election issue for the BJP,” he said and claimed to have received “more than 1,200 complaints of land grabbing in UP”.
Seeking public support for the state elections next year, Shah said he has told people in Gujarat that Modi now belongs to UP as he is an MP from Varanasi and is responsible for the state’s development. “The country is growing but UP is lagging behind in progress because the benefits of Centre’s schemes are not reaching to the people here,” Shah alleged.
“I want to ask Akhileshji where the additional Rs 2 lakh crore that Modiji gave has gone. I want to tell you why the money did not reach you (people). Every state has one chief minister, but in UP there are three-and-a-half Chief Ministers if you take into account his father (Mulayam) and uncle besides Mohd Azam Khan,” he said.
He said that without “change of power”, UP will not progress.
Shah non-committal on CM candidate
BJP president Amit Shah was Monday non-committal on whether the party will project anybody as Chief Ministerial candidate for the 2017 Assembly polls in UP even as he acknowledged that the elections in the state have a special significance. “It is said that route to Delhi passes through Lucknow. It is the biggest and most populated state in the country,” the BJP chief said at a conclave ‘Badhega Pradesh to Banega Desh’ organised by Jagran.
[with inputs from PTI]