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Akhilesh takes swipe at BJP, accuses it of poaching Samajwadi Party MLCs

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav is preparing to take on the BJP with a statewide campaign in Uttar Pradesh.

india Updated: Aug 06, 2017 10:50 IST
Pankaj Jaiswal
Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav  has accused the BJP of poaching his party’s MLCs after three of them  resigned recently to join the ruling party in Uttar Pradesh.
Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav has accused the BJP of poaching his party’s MLCs after three of them resigned recently to join the ruling party in Uttar Pradesh.(HT PHOTO)

Samajwadi Party (SP) national president and former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday said ‘bandookbaaz’ (gunmen) and ‘pattharbaaz (stone-pelters)’were active in BJP-ruled UP and Gujarat.

“How can you stop stone-pelters? It is their job to throw stones (the reference was to stone-pelting on Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi’s car in Gujarat). And in UP those people are resorting to kind of stone-pelting on Samajwadis (socialists) by poaching MLCs,” said Akhilesh on the sidelines of a function to pay tribute to the late Samajwadi Party leader Janeshwar Mishra.

“But the people will give an apt reply to pattharbaaz,” he said.

Three Samajwadi Party MLCs have recently joined the BJP.

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Akhilesh said the Samajwadi Party will continue to struggle for the poor, uprooting evils in the society.

The SP will launch a statewide ‘Desh Bachao, Desh Banao (Save the country, build the country)’ campaign on August 9 “to rescue the country from the clutches of communal forces.”

Akhilesh has adopted the same name for the rallies as that his father and then SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav had ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

Akhilesh also said he would participate in an event to honour Kargil martyrs in Azamgarh on August 30. Maximum number of soldiers who died in Kargil were from UP. And among those a lot of them were from eastsern UP.

On the issue of reservation in jobs, Akhilesh said the government should not hurt any community. “Each community should be given reservation proportionate to its population. The BJP government had claimed that it freed 5,000 acre of land from the clutches of land mafia. I would say the government should also reveal the names of the land mafiosi.”