Prime Minister Narendra Modi attacked the incumbent Samajwadi Party government at BJP’s ‘Parivartan Sankalp’ rally here on Saturday saying, “Kaam nahi, karnama bolta hai.”
“Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav says kaam bolta hai (works speaks for itself) but everyone in UP knows that SP ke karname bolte hain (SP’s exploits speak),” he said.
Coming down heavily on political rivals for poor development of the state, he said, “Five years of SP government, five years of BSP government and 50 years of Congress rule are responsible for the abysmal condition of Uttar Pradesh.”
This was the first public meeting of the Prime Minster in the district. Rooting for local BJP candidates in the UP assembly elections, the PM said that Badaun was among the least developed parts of the country despite being a ‘VIP district’.
“Badaun has been the base of Mayawati and now it is known to be the base of Samajwadi Party. It is a VIP district. Even then, it is one of the least developed districts,” he said.
The Prime Minister also rubbished the development plank of the SP-Congress alliance. “All these parties are against each other but when it comes to opposing black money and corruption, they join hands and target me.”
He said that a lot of corruption happened during group C and D job interviews. “We removed interviews for the jobs of groups C and D to eliminate corruption. If we are elected in UP, we will do the same for group C and D state government jobs.”
In his hour-long speech, Modi also wooed farmers of the district by reiterating the central government’s plan for cultivators.
“UP government buys only 3% of the total wheat produced in the state. But in Haryana and Madhya Pradesh, where we have BJP governments, 7 to 11% of the wheat is procured by the government at the minimum price,” he said, adding that a BJP government in UP will also waive off farmers’ debts.
Making inroads in SP terrain
With its over 80% population dependent on agriculture, Badaun is known as a hub of potato, wheat and sugarcane farming in the region. It is also a known Samajwadi Party base.
The party won four out of the six assembly seats here in the 2012 assembly elections, while the remaining two went to Bahujan Samaj Party. Badaun is also one of the five assembly seats that SP won in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
Considering that the district has a considerable population of Hindu voters, the BJP is trying to make inroads here. Apart from the PM, home minister Rajnath Singh, BJP MP Yogi Adityanath and party state president Keshav Prasad Maurya have held rallies in different parts of Badaun in the last week.