In a scathing attack on Uttar Pradesh chief minister (CM) Akhilesh Yadav, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah said that the CM has ignored the basic necessities of the people.
“Akhilesh has undertaken the cosmetic development of UP and is bragging about the same before the elections. There is no electricity in villages, road connectivity from villages to towns is absent, medicines are not cheap, farmers are unable to sell their produce, there is no safety for women and every day, we read about murders and rapes. Yet, Akhilesh proudly claims that he has built a road between Agra and Lucknow,” Shah said at a rally in Noida on Sunday.
Shah was campaigning for BJP’s Noida candidate, Pankaj Singh, along with Union minister Mahesh Sharma and sitting MLA Vimla Batham.
Shah said that Akhilesh and his party indulged in corrupt practices for every public welfare project, thereby slowing the state’s development. “You (Akhilesh) have indulged in corrupt practices in (projects of) sand mining, road construction, nurse appointments, police appointments and even while constructing the cycle tracks in Noida,” Shah said.
He said that the law and order situation has deteriorated in the state during the Samajwadi Party’s regime.
“People gave you (SP) five years to govern and you took UP to newer lows. At present, 24 rapes, 16 murders, 1,500 loots and 265 kidnapping incidents are registered every day across the state. What exactly have you (Akhilesh) done for the people of UP?” Shah said.
Shah also took on Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi for questioning Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He said that Gandhi should introspect rather than ask questions of the PM.
“Rahul Gandhi keeps asking what has Modi has done in two-and-a-half years. I wish to remind him that this is not Lok Sabha elections and we will give him all the answers in 2019. You (Congress) gave us a Prime Minister who never spoke to anyone except to you and your mother. Earlier, the Pakistan Army could easily infiltrate our borders and indulge in gunfire. Today, we have a Prime Minister whom nobody can accuse of corruption. Today, our army gives a befitting reply to infiltration bids and crossfires. This is what we have achieved,” Shah said.
Shah said that only BJP can change the fortune of the state. “I request the people of Noida to cast their vote on February 11, not to choose their local MLA or state chief minister, but to change the fortune of their state,” said Shah.