Shah Attacks ‘Shehzaade’ Rahul, Akhilesh; Questions their Intent
BJP chief says both are not serious about development of Uttar Pradesh and their respective parties have only indulged in loot whenever they have come to power
Meerut: BJP Chief Amit Shah made Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and Congress VicePresident Rahul Gandhi his prime target at his party’s public meeting here, alleging that the two “Shehzaade (princes)” were not serious about development of the state and their parties have only indulged in loot whenever they have come to power.
Addressing a gathering of party workers and supporters in Meerut city after a short padyatra, Shah slammed the Samajwadi Party (SP) government on the issue of law and order. The murder of a shopkeeper in the area just a day before by robbers was mentioned prominently by Shah. The public meeting ended with a two-minute silence for Abhishek, who was shot dead outside his shop on Thursday evening.
“These elections in UP are very important for the BJP…. We want that the law and order situation in UP improves like in other states, the farmers get their due and there are no riots. But to divert attention from these failures, SP and Congress have formed an alliance,” Shah said.
He maintained that people had realised the intent behind the alliance on the day it was announced by Akhilesh Yadav and Rahul Gandhi. “Both Shehzaade do not want development of Uttar Pradesh. They only want to fool the people,” the BJP chief said.
During the Lok Sabha elections, then BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi had often referred to Rahul Gandhi as Shehzaade, a term used for Muslim princes. Shah charged both SP and Congress with giving corrupt regimes whenever they have got the mandate to rule. “One party looted the country while the other has looted this state…. The people of UP are not going to accept them this time,” Shah said.
The saffron party’s padyatra from the main city, which is usually bustling with people, was lacklustre and did not attract a sizeable crowd.
Shah’s short speech was focussed on the SP’s failure to check crime in the state. He alleged that most of these cases have taken place in constituencies which are held by SP lawmakers.
Shah enumerated the various promises made in the party manifesto, including the assurance that slaughter houses will be closed down in the state if the party is voted to power. This was welcomed with applause by the supporters. Shah also alleged that the SP government had indulged in politics of appeasement towards a particular community by taking “one-sided action”. He alleged that more than 200 riots have taken place in UP since 2012.
BJP’s candidate for Meerut, Laxmikant Bajpai, and party leaders Swantantra Dev and Arun Singh shared the dais with Shah.