UP elections: Shah seeks votes, promises ‘Kalyan Singh-type govt’
Reminding people of Kalyan Singh’s two-year regime, BJP national president Amit Shah has sought votes from poll-bound Uttar Pradesh. While talking about good governance and how Singh made the state crime free, the ‘Chanakya’ of BJP’s game plan skipped mentioning the Babri Mosque demotion, following which the Kalyan Singh government was dismissed.
“Lawlessness is at its peak in UP. Criminals are calling the shot because they are enjoying patronage from the ruling party. The state needs a tough Chief Minister like Kalyan Singh who in his over two-year rule made UP crime free,” Shah said while addressing Sankalp maha rally in Etawah on Thursday.
It was the first rally of the BJP national president in Etawah – considered to be Mulayam Singh Yadav’s den. The response was good as people came in large number to listen to him. Time and again, he threw questions at the audience who enthusiastically answered in `yes’ or `no’. He started his rally with chants of `Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ and followed it up ‘Jai Sri Ram’, indirectly reminding people that the BJP has not forgotten the theme issue of Ram Mandir – which might hog the limelight in coming months.
He said: “It is only the BJP which can give clean administration. Look around yourself, peace prevails in all BJP ruled states. All the villages in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chattisgarh and Haryana are getting 24 x 7 electricity. The pace of development is high and the crime rate is low.”
“The situation in Uttar Pradesh is just the opposite to what you see in BJP-ruled states. This is because we are committed to the welfare of people while the parties like Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) are more into looting public money through various means,” Shah said.
He said neither Bua (Mayawati) nor Bhatija (Akhilesh) can bring Uttar Pradesh back to rails because their intention is not clear. In their regime, the mafia rules the roost because they get patronage from the ruling parties.
To drive home his point, he took the name of Mukhtar Ansari and Atiq Ahmad and said if the Samajwadi Party has a tacit understanding with leaders like these, how can one expect that the Chief Minister will give clean administration.
In his over 40-minute speech, he pointed his barbs at the SP, BSP and Congress, calling these parties corrupt and inefficient. During the UPA regime, the Congress scam was worth Rs 12 lakh crore. “In UP, you are witnessing tussle between Chacha and Bhatija which is triggered by the issue of distribution of loot money,” he said.
It is unfortunate that the Central Government has given several thousand crore of rupees to UP for development work, but not a single penny has been used. “If the BJP comes to power, the Central government’s allocation of a fund will reach beneficiaries. The state will get at least Rs 1 lakh crore annually from the Centre,” he said.
He also talked about the Narendra Modi Government’s achievements, including the surgical strike carried out by the Indian Army. “In 2014, Lok Sabha elections people showered their love on the BJP and we want the same in 2017 elections,” he said and declared that BJP will form the government of its own.
BJP state president Keshav Prasad Maurya also spoke on this occasion. Later in the evening Amit Shah held a detailed meeting with party leaders in Lucknow and discussed the nitty-gritty of Parivartan Yatra.