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

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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.

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