Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Friday termed as “crucial” bypolls for 11 Assembly seats and one Lok Sabha seat in Uttar Pradesh saying it was right time for people to show their intentions that they do not want communal forces to grow in the state.
“The bypolls are crucial. Whether there is thunderstorm or rain, people should come out in large numbers tomorrow (polling day) to show that they do not want communal forces to grow. The defeat of communal forces in the elections will give a loud and clear message that people want peace and not communal hatred,” Yadav said
Apart from Mainpuri Lok Sabha seat, which was vacated by Yadav himself as chose to retain Azamgarh LS seat, polling for 11 assembly seats – Saharanpur city, Bijnor, Thakurwara, Noida Nighasan, Lucknow east, Hamirpur, Charkhari, Sirathu, Balha and Rohania will be held on Saturday.
Of these 11, 10 were vacated by BJP and one (Rohania) by its ally Apna Dal after their legislators were elected as MP.
Attacking BJP, Yadav said the party was creating communal divide in the state for political gains and appealed people to give a reply to it by casting their votes.
“The state government was vigilant to meet any such situation and would not allow any one to disturb the communal harmony of the state. But this is the right time that people should take a stand,” Yadav further added.
The SP chief said BJP government has failed to fulfil its promises of “achchey din (good days)”, which remains elusive for the people. “BJP government has failed to check inflation, corruption and to protect the boundaries of our country. Pakistan has intruded in our territory several times, but the government could not check it effectively,” he alleged.
The Azamgarh MP further attacked the Narendra Modi government of failing to keep its promise to bring back the black money stashed away in foreign banks.