Even as the BJP gives the final touches to its poll strategy for Bihar elections, party chief Amit Shah has set the next big goal for BJP leaders — winning Uttar Pradesh single-handedly, without allies. The party’s main focus in the first phase of its intense campaign, aimed at a clear majority, would be the “deteriorating” law and order situation in the country’s most populous state.
A fact-finding team, appointed by Shah and led by Bihar MP Ashwini Chaubey, is already in Uttar Pradesh, to probe the “deteriorating law and order situation”, while the state unit has been told to organise protest marches and demonstrations to “expose” the Samajwadi Party government in the state.
The incident of a woman being set on fire in Barabanki police station in western UP and the murder of journalist Jagendra Singh in Shahjahanpur have given the BJP enough fodder to attack the state government.
The fact-finding team, which includes party MPs M J Akbar, Arjun Meghwal, Meenakshi Lekhi, will investigate the Barabanki incident.
The party’s campaign would harp on its assurance of providing “honour, good governance and development.”
BJP units in all assembly constituencies, and even at the mandal level, have been asked to organise demonstrations against the poor law and order situation as well as the state government’s failure in providing basic amenities such as water and electricity.
The BJP will also talk up the Centre’s decision to devolve more funds to the state, while holding the SP government responsible for the money “not reaching farmers and others at the ground level”
The party’s plans to take on the Akhilesh government received a shot in the arm with senior IPS officer Amitabh Thakur accusing Samjawadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav of threatening him and approaching the Centre for assistance.
“Mulayam Singh has been exposed. His entire party is involved in extortion. It is jungle raj there in the state. In UP, accused are protected and honoured. Officials, women and the public are humiliated,” BJP national secretary Shrikant Sharma said.
Thakur, an IPS officer posted as Inspector General, Civil Defence, in Lucknow, alleged that the SP chief had threatened him during a phone call.
A day later, the Lucknow police registered an FIR against Thakur based on a complaint, filed about six months ago, by a Ghaziabad-based woman alleging that she was raped by Thakur at his Lucknow home on December 31, 2014.
Meanwhile, party leaders have also been asked to defend BJP’s embattled chief ministers — in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh — who have been embroiled in various controversies.
At a recent meeting with party leaders in Kanpur, Shah told them the BJP must win Uttar Pradesh at any cost. MPs, MLAs and state leaders were asked to ensure that the entire party machinery is used to repeat the party’s stunning show in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.