BJP supremo calls for landslide victory in 2017 UP elections

  • Peeyush Khandelwal, Hindustan Times, Ghaziabad
  • Updated: Apr 25, 2016 01:00 IST
BJP leaders including party president Amit Shah (centre) were speaking at a meeting held under the Centre’s ‘Gram Uday se Bharat Uday’ programme at Chirori village in Loni. (Peeyush Khandelwal/HT Photo)

National president of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Amit Shah on Sunday said that the repeat of Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) regimes in UP must be discontinued.

Shah was speaking a ‘chaupaal’ held under ‘Gram Uday se Bharat Uday’ rural connect programme of the Central government at Chirori, Loni in Ghaziabad. UP BJP president Keshav Prasad Maurya and Baghpat member of parliament Satpal Singh were also present.

“If Akhilesh (UP chief minister) and Mulayam (Singh Yadav) are in power in UP, will Central funds reach the farmers? If the SP government is repeated in the state, the Central schemes will never reach here. It is time to uproot the SP. The series of SP and BSP governments in the state should be stopped and a full majority BJP government should be voted to power in 2017,” Shah said.

The rural connect programme was launched on April 14 from Mhow in Madhya Pradesh. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech at Jharkand was also transmitted live to gram sabhas across the country on the concluding day of the programme — Panchayati Raj Day on April 24.

The programme was aimed at battling negative perceptions of villagers on issues like rising prices, drought and also to build a better connect with the farmers.

At Loni, the newly elected BJP UP president Maurya was particularly hard on Congress, BSP and SP. He accused the parties of nepotism, casteism and corruption.

“The SP has failed to deliver in UP. Crime is at its peak, creating history. This time, it should be ‘SP and BSP mukt Uttar Pradesh.’ It is in furtherance to PM’s slogan of ‘Congress mukt bharat’ which he gave before the 2014 elections. The SP government is announcing new schemes every day and rolling out ads. This will not help them. Also, anyone who even thinks of replacing behanji (Mayawati) in BSP will not be allowed to stay in the party,” he said.

“People accuse me of being involved in 13 criminal cases. I tell them that these were lodged when I was working for the party as a worker. I wouldn’t mind even if 1,300 cases are lodged against me in our bid to get more than 265 seats in UP. The work that the PM has done in two years has tilted public perception heavily in our favour as opposed to the work done by the Congress in the last 60 years,” he said.

The programme was attended by dozens of village pradhans from western UP districts of Ghaziabad and Baghpat.

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