Rage Against Note­bandi Will Sink BJP

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

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.

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