Union home minister Rajnath Singh on Monday said the people of Uttar Pradesh were suffering because the feud raging within the Samajwadi Party has made governance take a backseat — affecting the state’s law-and-order situation.
Addressing a rally here as part of the BJP’s Parivartan Yatra, Singh asked the state’s first family to either stop fighting or call for fresh elections. He said that if the BJP were to get the people’s mandate, it would turn UP into India’s most developed state in 10 years.
“If you don’t want feuds and corruption, vote for a BJP government in UP. Has the ruling Samajwadi Party fulfilled its promises even partially?” he asked the crowd.
Singh said people of the state had been deprived of “the good life” due to 14 years of misrule by SP and the Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party. He also declared the BJP would end the practice of conducting interviews for recruiting police constables if it came to power. “Such a step will check corruption in recruitment,” Singh said, adding that no charges of graft had been levelled against the Modi government since it came to power at the Centre.
Singh claimed that the BJP “nipped corruption in the bud” every time it came to power.
Projecting the central government as farmer-friendly, he said that it had increased the production of fertilisers while slashing its price. He also promised payment of dues to sugarcane farmers within six months of the BJP taking the reins of the state government. The economy of western UP’s rich agricultural belt is mainly based on sugarcane, a major cash crop.
When a group of youngsters present at the rally held up banners alleging corruption in the Staff Selection Commission examination, Singh promised to look into the matter. The protesters were demanding an investigation into the issue.
Singh also observed that unemployment was a major issue in the state. “We need to provide the youth with jobs if they are to have a better future,” he said.
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