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UP polls: High turnout means people have rejected SP, says Ravi Shankar Prasad

assembly elections Updated: Feb 16, 2017 23:03 IST
Ravi Shankar Prasad

Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad speaks with senior BJP leader LK Advani after a party meeting in New Delhi.(AFP File)

The BJP on Thursday said huge voter turnouts in the two phases of the Uttar Pradesh assembly election meant that the people of the state have rejected the ruling Samajwadi Party.

“The turnout shows that people have rejected the SP. The BJP will form the next government and provide an atmosphere of peace, development and prosperity in the state,” senior BJP leader and Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said.

The first and the second phases of the seven-phase assembly election were held on February 11 and February 15. The turnout was 64% in the first phase and 65% in the second phase.

He said the SP-Congress tie-up for the crucial polls was “an alliance of crime and anarchy of SP and corruption of Congress”.

“A businessman is killed in Meerut and another businessman Sharvan Sahu is killed in Lucknow. In Sultanpur, an SP MLA is named as accused in a rape and murder case,” he said, alleging that chief minister Akhilesh Yadav was protecting that accused legislator.

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“This is the condition of anarchy and paralysed law and order situation in the state. The Dial 100 service of UP Police has failed in the state. After the model code of conduct for the assembly election came into force, we thought that the law and order situation will improve, but ironically it is the worst now,” he said.

“The goons of SP and criminals are creating nuisance in the elections,” he alleged, adding that the irony was that Akhilesh still claims “Kaam bolta hai” (work speaks).

“In fact, criminal activities of SP goons are speaking”, he added.

Taking a jibe at the SP-Congress alliance, Prasad said, “If UP likes the alliance of SP-Congress (as claimed by the two parties), why did they stop joint rallies of Rahul and Akhilesh? I think Akhilesh has realised that the rally of Rahul will ensure the defeat of their candidates. The Congress doesn’t like the company of anyone other than those belonging to the Nehru-Gandhi family.”

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On the BSP, Prasad said its supremo Mayawati has “accepted her defeat and is ready to sit in the opposition”.

He was referring to the remarks of Mayawati that her party would sit in the opposition rather than joining hands with BJP to form the government.

On the issue of triple talaq, Prasad said this was an issue of women equality, women self-respect and women honour.

“More than 20 countries of the world have amended this system of triple talaq. Muslim women are fighting for their rights. The government will ensure justice to the Muslim women of India,” he said.