While archrival Congress president Sonia Gandhi was filing nomination at Rae Bareli, BJP president Rajnath Singh was in the neighbourhood to meet the other Gandhi — Varun — at Etah. After his 20-minute closed door meeting with Varun, Singh headed straight to the Ram Lila Ground where he launched a caustic attack on all rivals — Congress, BSP and the Mayawati government — at a party rally.
He was supportive of Varun and blamed the state and central governments for all the trouble that the BJP debutant has run into.
He refused to share with the media what the two had discussed, but said that Varun’s health had very much deteriorated since the day he was put behind bars, but his morale ws still high.
“A man who has not caused any harm to anyone is being charged for murder. He is being harassed and tortured for no fault of his. The state government will have to pay the price for this,” he said.
He said even if Varun did commit a mistake, the Election Commission should have given a notice first. “That could have been followed by a warning. But Varun has been deliberately framed,” he said.
“Mayawati wants to come to power, so she makes big promises, but she misleads you all… entire administration in Uttar Pradesh is in a state of disarray today.”
“Do you have sufficient power and water in your homes,” Rajnath asked, evoking a loud “no” from the crowd that was hugely supportive of his views. Singh listed out the NDA’s achievements when it was in power while exhorting the Congress for the current economic crisis, inflation and the scourge of terrorism.
Repeating the promises in the party manifesto, Singh said the BJP government, is it came to power, would ensure that the farmer does not suffer. “The current regime has victimised the farmer.”
He also used the platform to endorse BJP’s candidates from Etah Dr Shyam Singh Shakya and Mithilesh Agarwal from Farrukhabad.
Interestingly former UP BJP president Kalyan Singh is contesting from Etah.
The BJP president was accompanied by the party’s local functionaries and former cabinet minister Dr Nepal Singh and Uttar Pradesh RSS in charge Nagendra Singh.