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Deoband in tour, Shah invokes ‘safety’, claims ‘false’ riot cases

🔴 At Muzaffarnagar, Shah accused SP chief Akhilesh Yadav of telling “lies” on law and order, saying the BJP government had chased away criminals who flourished earlier.

By: Express News Service | Lucknow, Muzaffarnagar |
Updated: January 30, 2022 4:51:23 am
Home Minister Amit Shah (PTI)

CONTINUING his campaign in western UP for the first phase of Assembly polls, Union Home Minister Amit Shah Saturday visited Muzaffarnagar and Saharanpur districts, but had to cancel his door-to-door campaign in both, including Deoband, as crowds surged, breaking Covid rules.

At Muzaffarnagar, Shah accused SP chief Akhilesh Yadav of telling “lies” on law and order, saying the BJP government had chased away criminals who flourished earlier.

Referring to the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots, he said: “The victims were made accused, and the accused the victims, and thousands of fake cases were lodged. I congratulate the BJP, which acted under party leader Sanjeev Balyan and fought the ‘nyay ki ladai’ (fight for justice), either in courts or on the roads.” A Union minister, Balyan was named in the riots.

Urging voters not to make “the same mistake”, Shah said: “Otherwise those who instigated the riots will sit in the seat of power in Lucknow.”

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He scoffed at the SP-RLD alliance, saying the two parties will be seen together only till the election. He said in the event the two parties managed to form the government, the SP would again have by its side pAzam Khan and Atiq Ahmad, while RLD chief Jayant Chaudhary will not be seen.

Shah invoked the names of Jat leader and late PM Chaudhary Charan Singh, Jayant’s grandfather, and farmer leader Mahendra Singh Tikait.

He said under the SP government everyone was afraid for their safety. “All goondas have now run away…. When Behenji’s party (BSP) came to power, it talked of one caste, the Congress talked of one family and Akhilesh ji of goondas, mafias and appeasement, but the BJP talks of security and development.”

Shah claimed that for 10 years of the UPA government, terrorists came from across the Pakistan border and killed Indian security personnel. “Can the SP, BSP and Congress keep the country and the state safe?” he asked.

BJP supporters greeted Shah and showered flower petals on him and chanted slogans in support during his road show.

At a rally in support of the BJP candidate in Saharanpur Dehat, Shah again repeated that there has been a drop in cases of robbery, murder and rape under the BJP. He said the BJP government had seized land worth Rs 2,000 crore grabbed by gangsters.

Shah also talked about the changes brought by the Modi government “integrating” J&K with the rest of the country. The Kashi Vishwanath corridor in Varanasi and the Baba Vishwanath premises lying destroyed since Aurangzeb period had been rebuilt without any dispute due to the efforts of PM Modi, he said.

(With PTI inputs)

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