Why Did PM Modi Migrate from Gujarat to Delhi, Asks UP CM
Kairana | Muzzafarnagar: Taking the BJPs ‘Hindu exodus’ issue head on during his first ever visit to West Uttar Pradesh’s Kairana as the Chief Minister, Akhilesh Yadav took a dig on Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking why he did ‘palayan’ (migration) from Gujarat to UP for becoming MP and there on to Delhi.
ET attended three of Akhilesh’s rallies in the communally sensitive and the Muslim-dominated Muzzafarnagar and Kairana areas on Thursday, which saw packed crowds and a good participation from Muslims. “BJP says they will form a taskforce on migration. I would advise them ki zara mazboot taskforce banana taki agar koi bada neta palayan karke Gujarat se UP aaya ho aur phir Delhi chala gaya ho, to uska bhi pata chal jaaye (I would advise BJP to make a strong taskforce so that if a big leader migrates from Gujarat to UP and then to Delhi, it can be detected,” Yadav said at his rally at the 2013 riots-scarred Budhana in Muzzafarnagar. “Why did your biggest leader do ‘palayan’, tell me?” the CM asked the BJP, referring to Modi who had contested from Varanasi in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
Speaking later at another big rally in Kairana, Yadav said BJP had raised a “fake issue” of Hindu exodus.
“People migrate for jobs, for better opportunities. Didn’t Modi do mig ration from Gujarat to UP? We did an inquiry in Kairana - the whole Hindu exodus issue was fake. BJP faced nation-wide humiliation on this. Par pata nahin BJP ki jeebh kaisi bana ke bheji hai, hamesha galat hi bolti hai (BJPs tongue always speaks lies),” Yadav said on the issue still finding a place in the BJPs manifesto. “Kairana has a history of communal harmony. Par BJP ne yahan nafrat phela di, zahar ghol diya (BJP spread hate and poison here). Do you do your politics only for power?” Yadav said. The CM also brought up the 2013 Muzzafarnagar riots issue on which his government has been criticised by opponents. “No one was more pained by those riots than me. Such a big allegation was put on my government. But I tried my best...I saved lives, I helped people to the best of my ability,” Yadav said. The CM admitted being questioned inside his party on why he had given so many seats (103) to the Congress in their alliance. “Humne seats zyada di hain...Dosti badi tabhi hoti hai jab dil bada hota hai. Kanjoos see dosti achi nahi hoti (one has to have a big heart to have good friendship and not be a miser in friendship),” Yadav said. He said BJP was already in a panic mode over the alliance. “Things would be clear to all after Phase 1. Everyone says there is a wave for us -- right from Saharanpur to Meerut,” Yadav said. The CM also raised the demonetisation issue, pointing out that ‘ache din’ had never come even after three budgets had been presented by the Modi Government and instead people had been put in queues. At Kairana, given the huge crowds, the party put up video screens outside the venue to screen Akhilesh’s speech as many people could not get in. Kairana and Budhana both have nearly 40% Muslim voters who were out in good numbers at the rallies.