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UP elections: Modi says will end bahubali reign if BJP comes to power

PM appeared to take a swipe at BSP’s local candidate Mukhtar Ansari, a don-turned-politician, when he said bahubalis go to jail smiling because they get protection and run their syndicate from inside

assembly elections Updated: Mar 02, 2017 12:24 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Varanasi
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi at an election rally in Mau, Uttar Pradesh, on Monday. (PTI photo)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday vowed to end the karobaar of bahubalis in Uttar Pradesh when the BJP came to power. He said jails in the state would become jails in the true sense.

At a rally in Mau, the prime minister appeared to take a swipe at BSP’s local candidate Mukhtar Ansari, a don-turned-politician, when he said bahubalis (musclemen) in UP go to jail smiling because they get protection, security and run their syndicate from inside.

“Giving tickets to such gangsters, is it not a mockery of democracy,” asked Modi. “Give my message to all those who have evaded jails till now…that times have changed, and after the results are announced on March 11, jails will be made jails in the true sense.”

Ansari, a four-time MLA from Mau, was with the BSP till he was expelled in 2010 for criminal activities. Last month, he merged his Quami Ekta Dal, founded with his brothers, with Mayawati’s party. Ansari has over 40 criminal cases against him, including murder and kidnapping. He is a prime accused in the 2005 murder of BJP legislator Krishnanand Rai, for which he is currently lodged in Agra jail.

Expressing confidence that the BJP will get a majority in Uttar Pradesh, Modi said the “unholy nexus” of the Congress-Samajwadi Party (SP) has already been rejected by the people. An inefficient SP government, he said, had joined hands with a “sinking ship called Congress” and now both were set to drown.

“The Congress is a sinking ship. They campaigned together at some locations and stopped holding joint road shows after realizing that the BJP is going to win the polls,” the prime minister said.

Making a case for the BJP, Modi said India was being hailed across the world because of the stable government at the Centre. “India is discussed in the US. Hailed in Japan, England and various other countries across the world because of you who voted for the BJP, not because of Modi,” he said. “If you want UP to be hailed equally… support BJP in forming the government in UP.”

Picking on chief minister Akhilesh Yadav again, Modi said the SP leader recently said his donkey remark was actually a joke. “I want to ask this government if state of police stations is also a joke; if poor law and order is a joke. If making fun of Modi ensures you sound sleep, do it. But please don’t make UP a joke. During last five years of your rule, you have made UP a joke.”

Last week, during campaigning for the fourth phase of elections, a war of words had broken out between Akhilesh and Modi after the UP chief minister advised actor Amitabh Bachchan “not to advertise for the donkeys of Gujarat”.

He was referring to an advertisement in which Bachchan, the brand ambassador of Gujarat Tourism, is seen inviting tourists to visit the wild ass Sanctuary located in Little Rann of Kutch in the state.

First Published: Feb 27, 2017 20:40 IST