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Uttar Pradesh election: Amit Shah confident BJP’s ‘tsunami’ will sweep the state

“I assure you the BJP will sweep UP, Uttarakhand and Goa. Punjab will witness a triangular fight while the people’s view in Manipur is not clear,” Amit Shah said.

assembly elections Updated: Feb 19, 2017 00:08 IST
Abdul Jadid
Abdul Jadid
Hindustan Times, Gorakhpur 
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BJP president Amit Shah addresses an election rally in Sambhal in UP.(PTI Photo)

BJP national president Amit Shah expressed confidence on Saturday that the party would form a majority government in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Goa.

Addressing a press conference here after holding public meetings in Basti, Siddharthnagar and Sant Kabir Nagar, Shah said: “I assure you the BJP will sweep UP, Uttarakhand and Goa. Punjab will witness a triangular fight while the people’s view in Manipur is not clear.”

He said the BJP had left behind all other parties in the first two phases of assembly election and added a BJP tsunami would bring about a major change in Uttar Pradesh.

Shah, who also visited Gorakhnath temple on Friday, said the tie-up between the Samajwadi Party and the Congress was an alliance of corruption.

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“Going against its ideologue Ram Manohar Lohia, who kept opposing the Congress all through his life, the SP has sealed this alliance for the sake of power,” he said.

“Had Akhilesh been confident of returning to power on the basis of work done in last five years, he would not have held the Congress’s hand,” Shah remarked.

He said Akhilesh hurriedly inaugurated two projects – Metro train and Agra-Lucknow Expressway – even before its completion.

“Over 10,000 people in Lucknow tried to board Metro after Akhilesh spoke about it on TV but had to return disappointed as the service had not really started,” he added.

“The data of the National Crime Records Bureau show UP tops the chart in crime. The SP government failed to clear farmers’ dues and could not provide uninterrupted power and water supply to the people,” he said.

Attacking the SP government on deteriorating law and order, Shah said the Bulandshahr rape case and Mathura’s Jawahar Bagh incident shook the nation.

Responding to a question over tickets to the sons and daughters of BJP leaders, Shah said the party had no place for family politics.

“In Congress, Jawahar Lal Nehru’s daughter Indira Gandhi became the PM and was followed by her son Rajiv Gandhi. Sonia Gandhi controlled the Manmohan Singh government. This is not the case in the BJP. If a party worker gets a ticket on the basis of his work, no one should object to it,” he said.

When asked why the BJP did not give ticket to any Muslim candidate, Shah said the party did not consider caste and religion while distributing tickets.

On the question of dissent in the party over tickets, Shah said it was natural as more than one candidate was vying for one ticket. He said the issue had been sorted out as three rebel candidate had agreed to take their nomination back on his request.

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First Published: Feb 18, 2017 19:42 IST