Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah attacked Uttar Pradesh’s ruling Samajwadi Party on Saturday over an ongoing feud in the Yadav family, saying those responsible for governing the state were busy fighting among themselves.
“The ones, who were given power to bring development in the state, are today busy insulting each other,” Shah said before flagging off a ‘Parivartan Yatra’ to open the BJP’s election campaign in the state.
Strains in the Samajwadi Party’s first family were evident again on Saturday as Akhilesh Yadav and his uncle Shivpal Yadav took digs at each other at an event organised to celebrate party’s silver jubilee.
“Uncle (Shivpal) is busy in abusing his nephew (Akhilesh) and nephew is busy in abusing his uncle,” the BJP president.
The UP ruling party has witnessed a power tussle between Akhilesh and his uncle despite repeated attempts by party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav to broker peace.
The BJP’s ‘Parivartan Yatra’ will cover largely rural parts of the state to help the party connect primarily with the poor, Dalit and OBC population that accounts for over 70% of UP’s electorate.
Shah also targeted Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati, saying: “Remember your rule Behenji, when most attacks on Dalits took place in Uttar Pradesh.” Citing scams worth thousands of crores, Shah alleged that all the funds meant for development of UP were used in setting up memorials and statues.
“The state has lagged behind... SP and BSP cannot improve the situation here and it will be only the BJP government with full majority which can bring the state back on tracks,” he said.
Shah also took a veiled dig at the SP’s efforts to form a ‘grand alliance’ ahead of the upcoming assembly elections by hosting senior leaders of the erstwhile Janata Parivar. “…they are happy shaking hands with each other… but what will it achieve? In a democracy, government is formed only when the people shake hands with you”.
The BJP’s yatra will conclude in Lucknow on December 24, with a rally likely to be addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the state capital that day. The BJP was expected to declare its first list of candidates after the yatra concludes, ostensibly to keep ‘ticket seekers’ and their supporters engaged in the roadshow, a source said.
Shah also attacked the Congress for allegedly carrying out politics over the death of an ex-serviceman. “A soldier commits suicide and they are doing politics for vote bank. This is disgusting.”
“Rahul Gandhi talks about OROP (One Rank, One Pension), but it is the BJP government that implemented the policy while the Congress dragged for decades.”
With inputs from agencies