UP: Don’t have a magic wand, says Raj Babbar

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Lucknow
  • Updated: Jul 18, 2016 11:14 IST
Congress’ CM candidate Sheila Dikshit along with Raj Babbar in Lucknow on Sunday. (HT Photo)

Newly appointed Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee (UPCC) president Raj Babbar on Sunday said he had not come with a magic wand.

“I do not have a magic wand. The magic wand lies with the people. It’s in the people’s fingers (vote),” said Babbar while speaking to journalists at the UPCC headquarters.

Babbar also said his team had not come to challenge any single party. Instead, the team was here on a ‘mission’. The people of the state had given a surprise thrice – voting the BJP, the BSP and the Samajwadi Party to power, he said.

The people were now fed up with the misrule of these parties, he claimed. He targeted the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), saying the BSP leaders were themselves admitting that the party was losing its grip.

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The SP was indulging in loot and their party chief had admitted that the SP government had failed to check it, Babbar remarked.

The BJP on the other hand was being headed by a leader who had been expelled from his own state and he was now busy identifying faces who could divide the people, alleged the new state Congress chief.

Replying to a question about minister for PWD Shivpal Singh Yadav’s attack on the Congress, Babbar called Yadav “chhote wazan ke pehelwan” (low-weight wrestler) and said he (Shivpal) was busy fighting his battle within the Yadav family. Asked about his association with the Samajwadi Party earlier, Babbar said as a youth he had been influenced by socialist ideology. But he left the SP after realising that “Samajwadi” was only in name and not in the SP’s ideology, he said.

Replying to a question, former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit said her statement about the people of UP had been misquoted.

Dikshit said she had only said the development of Delhi was taking place at a faster pace due to the people of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. This statement was twisted to give an impression that she was against the people of UP, she said.

Babbar referred to Dikshit’s close association with UP in the past and said Dikshit contested her first election from Kannauj Lok Sabha seat in UP. “Her (Dikshit’s) family is UP’s pride. She has come back to the state to put her house (UP) in order,” said Babbar.

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