Rage Against Notebandi Will Sink BJP
BJP’s attempts at polarisation in western Uttar Pradesh will not work in the face of strong public sentiment against demonetisation, Congress state vice president Imran Masood told ET’s Aman Sharma in an interview. Masood, who is contesting the polls from Nakur seat in Saharanpur, said the benefits of alliance with Samajwadi Party will be visible right from the first phase of the sevenphase assembly election. Excerpts:
What do you make of recent statements of BJP leaders such as Suresh Rana and Yogi Adityanath? After demonetisation, there is a strong public sentiment against the BJP. The BJP people in the end have nothing left with them except raise the polarisation bogey. It is so as they have done nothing for good governance in the last two-and-ahalf years. People are angry – just to distract them from these issues, polarisation is being attempted by BJP. Demonetisation is such a big issue that polarisation will not work in front of it.
Why will polarisation hurt BJP this time? The ground reality this time is that there is no consolidation of votes in favour of BJP even after the polarisation attempts. Inke is tarah ki zabaan bolne se, jo inko vote milne wala hai, who bhi toot raha hai (Owing to the language they are using, they are losing whatever votes they would have got). The country’s Hindu is the most secular person. Suresh Rana aur Sangeet Som jaise log samaaj ke kiye nasoor hain… in logon ki asli jagah jail mein hai (People like Suresh Rana and Som are festering wounds for society and should be in jail). No country can run on hate.
How do you view the BJP’s promise of closing slaughterhouses? The fact is that there are no illegal slaughterhouses in Uttar Pradesh. Aap legal slaughterhouses band karaiye na (BJP should get the legal slaughterhouses closed if it can). This talk is all in the air. BJP had called for a beef ban in India… why has it not happened? The biggest beef exporter running the biggest factory is not a Muslim. Do you hope to gain from the alliance with SP in the first phase? The alliance will have a landslide victory, the signs of which will be visible in the first phase.