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After Modi’s SCAM attack, Shah tells UP to rid itself of ‘KASAB’ – Cong, SP, BSP

BJP’s national president Amit Shah coined a new acronym – ‘KASAB’ for Congress, Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party.

assembly-elections Updated: Feb 23, 2017 08:35 IST
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Hindustan Times, Varanasi
BJP president Amit Shah in Varanasi on February 22, 2017.
BJP president Amit Shah in Varanasi on February 22, 2017.(PTI)

Days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s SCAM acronym triggered a political round of wordplay, BJP’s national president Amit Shah coined a new one – ‘KASAB’ for Congress, Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party.

While campaigning in Azamgarh’s Atraulia assembly constituency, Shah on Wednesday called on supporters to make Uttar Pradesh free from these parties.

“KASAB has harassed people a lot. I appeal to you to come forward and support the BJP to make the state free from parties who have only looted the state,” Shah said.

Shah’s choice of letters though are more than just a stringing together of the first syllables of the BJP’s rival parties; it is also the name of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack convict Ajmal Kasab, the only one to have been caught alive. Kasab was hanged in 2012.

“Do not take any other meaning when I say KASAB. What I mean by KASAB is -- Ka for Congress, Sa for Samajwadi Party and B for BSP. Until you don’t end KASAB, UP will not progress,” Shah told the crowd of supporters.

Shah also took pot shots at the state chief minister, saying his scheme of free laptops was implemented after asking people their religion.

“Akhilesh is UP’s chief minister for last five years. Why does he ask ‘kab ayenge achche din’ (When will good days come)?” Shah said in response to Akhilesh’s attack on the BJP’s 2014 general election slogan.

He even attacked Akhilesh for campaigning for a minister accused of rape, instead of sending him to jail.

Insisting that the development of the state was not possible by the Congress, SP, and BSP, Shah said the BJP would ensure the state’s growth.

After Modi’s SCAM attack, Uttar Akhilesh Yadav had his own explanation for SCAM – Save Country from Amit Shah and Modi.

Earlier, Shah, who arrived on late Tuesday evening, held a meeting with some senior BJP workers. He also called on candidates on five assembly seats of Varanasi — Varanasi North, Varanasi South, Cantt, Sevapuri, and Rohania. Varanasi has eight assembly seats.

Also read | What’s SCAM, BSP, VIKAS? A battle of acronyms rages ahead of UP elections

First Published: Feb 22, 2017 19:36 IST

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