BJP Will Fin­ish at No. 3 From Top or No. 1 from Bot­tom in UP

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

There is a wave in favour of Akhilesh Yadav and Rahul Gandhi ever since the SP and Congress struck an al­liance in Ut­tar Pradesh, said RJD pres­i­dent and for­mer Bi­har chief min­is­ter Lalu Prasad. In an in­ter­view to ET’s on the side­lines of his cam­paign in Bu­land­shahr for the SPCongress al­liance, he said the BJP knows it is set to face the same fate in UP assem­bly elec­tion as it did in Bi­har and the panic is showing in PM Naren­dra Modi’s ut­ter­ances. Edited excerpts:

PM Modi has termed the SPCongress al­liance op­por­tunis­tic like your al­liance with Ni­tish Ku­mar… Modi is the Don­ald Trump of In­dia. They are like twin broth­ers. Trump is do­ing upadrav (dis­tur­bance) in the US by ban­ning en­try of peo­ple from seven Mus­lim coun­tries and Modi is do­ing upadrav in In­dia. When­ever the UP elec­tion comes, Modi and his men in the BJP start re­mem­ber­ing Lord Ram and Ram tem­ple. The mat­ter is pend­ing in the Supreme Court. How can the BJP build a tem­ple on its own? I and Ni­tish stopped the BJP rath in Bi­har. Ya­han UP mein toh rath hi nahin hai... sab pahiya vahiya toot chuka hai (There is no BJP rath in UP at all... all its wheels have come off). UP will teach a les­son to the likes of Yogi Adityanath and Ravi Shankar Prasad – the lat­ter has made the worst state­ment on abol­ish­ing ‘triple ta­laq’. This is in­ter­fer­ence in the per­sonal law of Mus­lims. It is against the In­dian Con­sti­tu­tion. BJP is try­ing to com­mu­nalise the UP elec­tion. But the Mus­lims, other mi­nori­ties and Dal­its have un­der­stood the BJP game plan. It is all there in Gol­walkar’s book – RSS is against the Dal­its and reser­va­tion. RSS’ Mo­han Bhag­wat had said it in Bi­har polls. Now, RSS has said it again be­fore UP polls.

Hasn’t the fight within the Yadav BSP-BJP SECRECT PACT fam­ily dented SP’s prospects? There is a wave for Akhilesh and Rahul Gandhi. Akhilesh has done a lot of work – I am not say­ing this only be­cause he is my rel­a­tive but be­cause every­one is say­ing ki ladke ka kaam bolta hai (that his works speaks for it­self). He is young and Ne­taji (Mu­layam Singh Yadav) is firmly with him. Ab hum Yadav lo­gon mein, hum se koi nahin ladta hai to hum Yadav log aa­pas mein hi lad lete hain (We Ya­davs, if no one fights with us, fight among our­selves only)... (laughs). But now ev­ery­thing is all right. I will cam­paign in UP in the next phases.

BJP is at­tack­ing SP on law and or­der. Do you think this will de­ter vot­ers from vot­ing for SP-Congress al­liance? Agar ma­gar ka sawaal hi nahin hai... BJP ka supda saaf hai (There is no ques­tion of ifs and buts, BJP is out of the race in UP). BJP will be ei­ther at No. 3 from the top or No. 1 from the bot­tom. BJP raised so much hor­ror of jungle-raj re­turn­ing to Bi­har if I and Ni­tish formed the gov­ern­ment there. What hap­pened? There is no jungle-raaj but only man­gal-raaj (reign of bliss) in Bi­har. The worst law and or­der is in Delhi, Ra­jasthan and Mad­hya Pradesh. BJP is rais­ing this in UP to di­vert peo­ple’s at­ten­tion from ill-ef­fects of de­mon­eti­sa­tion, which has de­stroyed lives of poor peo­ple and pushed the coun­try back by 20 years. Modi said pun­ish me on a chau­raha (in­ter­sec­tion) if de­mon­eti­sa­tion flops. I am still wait­ing for him to give me the ad­dress of the chau­raha where he will come. They should tell how much black money came, what hap­pened of Swiss bank ac­counts, where is the Rs 15 lakh they promised in each bank ac­count. There is noth­ing in this year’s Bud­get ei­ther – where are the promised lakhs of jobs and claims of record eco­nomic growth? Peo­ple are dis­il­lu­sioned with the BJP. Even their hard­core vot­ers such as the traders and baniyas are an­gry af­ter de­mon­eti­sa­tion. JOBS & POVERTY

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