No Po­lar­i­sa­tion Speech as Ra­j­nath Woos Vot­ers

Home min­is­ter prom­ises zero in­ter­est on farm loans; re­it­er­ates on free ed­u­ca­tion up to grad­u­ate lev­els for fe­male stu­dents & merit-based free ed­u­ca­tion for male stu­dents till grad­u­a­tion

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

Kairana |Charthawal| Bud­hana| Kithore: Homem­i­nis­ter Ra­j­nath Singh high­lighted his party’spromiseof farm­loan­waiverand good gov­er­nance, while cam­paign­ing in assem­bly seg­ments un­der the com­mu­nally sen­si­tive Kairana, Muzaf­far­na­gar and Meerut Lok Sabha con­stituen­cies, un­like some party col­leagues who have been banking on po­lar­is­ing speeches.

“Farm­loan­sof smal­land­marginal farm­ers will be waived by the BJP gov­ern­ment within months of com­ing to power and there will be zero in­ter­est on farm loans at least for a year,” was the re­frain in Singh’s elec­tion ral­lies in Kairana, Charthawal, Bud­hana and Kithore assem­bly seg­ments on Tues­day.

His an­nounce­ment re­ceived huge ap­plause from the crowd at all the four places. He also re­it­er­ated on free ed­u­ca­tion up to grad­u­ate lev­els for fe­malestu­dentsand­merit-based­free ed­u­ca­tion for male stu­dents till grad­u­a­tion to woo the elec­torate.

Singh ap­peared to con­sciously avoid churn­ing of the com­mu­nal caul­dron. Even in Charthawal and Bud­hana assem­bly seg­ments, Singh avoided any men­tion of the 2013 Muzaf­far­na­gar ri­ots de­spite Union min­is­ter San­jeev Balyan’s ap­peal to the elec­torate to “take re­venge through bal­lots…our peo­ple were un­fairly sent to jails by the state gover nment”. Balyan rep­re­sents Muzaf­far­na­gar in the Lok Sabha.

Eve­natKairana,the­home­m­i­nis­ter did not make an is­sue of the al­leged Hindu ‘ex­o­dus’ from the re­gion, a claim made by his party MP Hukum Singh, whose daugh­ter is the BJP can­di­date. “Kairana was in news re- cently. I thought the law and or­der in Kairana may be poor. But, am very happy to see Hin­dus, Mus­lims and Sikhs in at­ten­dance at the rally,” Singh said re­fer­ring to sev­eral peo­ple in the au­di­ence. “I would ap­peal to you to not fall prey to those try­ing to spread ha­tred on re­li­gious lines... We should not let har­mony de­te­ri­o­rate at any cost,” Singh said. As if on cue, Hukum Singh also ar­ranged for lo­cal Mus­lim lead­ers on the dais to fe­lic­i­tate Ra­j­nath Singh. A for mer UP chief min­is­ter, Ra­j­nath Singh, has been do­ing sev­eral ral­lies daily in assem­bly con­stituen­cies­go­ing­topoll­sonSatur­day. He high­lighted the ‘de­ci­sive na­ture’ of his gov­ern­ment at the Cen­tre to woo the elec­torate while rub­bish­ing in­cum­bent Sa­ma­jwadi Party gov­ern­ment’sclaimof de­vel­op­men­tand dis­miss­ing chief min­is­ter Akhilesh Ya­dav’s at­tempts at im­age makeover as an eye­wash. “It is only when elect i o ns a r r ive d , t he Sa­ma­jwadi Party chief min­is­ter started claim­ing that his fa­ther, un­cle etc did not al­low him to work…this is an eye­wash. He wants to garner votes through eye­wash,” Singh said at his ral­lies. The for­mer BJP pres­i­dent also took a dig at the SP-Congress al­liance: “Only the weak need crutches; but even the crutches are weak”. The BJP leader cited sta­tis­tics to sug­gest that the state gov­ern­ment had failed on de­vel­op­ment and­in­main­tain­inglawan­dorder.He com­pared the state gov­ern­ment’s per­for­mance with the Cen­tre’s, claim­ing that there was not a sin­gle taint of cor­rup­tion on the Modi gov­ern­ment while adding that In­dia emerged the fastest grow­ing coun­try dur­ing the regime.

(The writer ac­com­pa­nied home min­is­ter Ra­j­nath Singh in his cam­paign trail on Tues­day)

Home Min­is­ter Ra­j­nath Singh with BJP lead­ers at an elec­tion rally in Muzaf­far­na­gar on Tues­day

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