Why Did PM Modi Mi­grate from Gu­jarat to Delhi, Asks UP CM

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

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.

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