The Fight Is Well And Truly On Once Sworn En­e­mies, SP & BSP Don’t Be Com­pla­cent, Modi Alone Strike 38:38 Deal For LS Polls Can’t Win You Polls: PM To Cadre

LEAVE RAE BARELI, AME­THI FOR CONG

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - FRONT PAGE - Sub­hash Mishra & Pervez Iqbal Sid­diqui MAYAWATI AKHILESH @times­group.com

Luc­know: De­scrib­ing the SP-BSP al­liance as the po­lit­i­cal rev­o­lu­tion of 2019, ham­mered out af­ter 24 years of bit­ter ri­valry, the two re­gional satraps, Mayawati and Akhilesh Ya­dav, claimed the his­toric pact will ring the death knell of Modi raj af­ter the gen­eral elec­tions.

Tak­ing 38 seats each of UP’s 80 par­lia­men­tary con­stituen­cies, the two lead­ers dumped Congress with a con­ces­sion for the twin Gandhi pocket bor­oughs of Ame­thi and Rae Bareli, where no gath­band­han can­di­date would con­test, to al­low Rahul and So­nia Gandhi a free run. Two other seats are up for grabs for other al­lies, but both lead­ers skirted any men­tion of RLD’s Ajit Singh in the gath­band­han, keep­ing the Jat leader guess­ing.

BSP supremo Mayawati was clear in her line of thought for the grand old party. “BSP will not ally with Congress any­where in In­dia dur­ing the 2019 polls,” she said. An­other key take­away was the reaf­fir­ma­tion by both lead­ers that the al­liance will con­tinue be­yond the LS polls. “We will jointly fight in the as­sem­bly polls too,” she said.

Akhilesh ran the ex­tra mi- Just as the Bo­fors scam up­rooted Congress, BJP will be ousted be­cause of its in­volve­ment in the Rafale scam... In the past, I have seen that our votes get trans­ferred to Congress, but not vice-versa —

le, say­ing, “If party work­ers dis­re­spect Mayawati or the BSP cadre, it will be an in­sult to me.” Though not in a for­mal al­liance at the time, SP- BSP tasted early suc­cess March last year when they came to­gether in­for­mally to rout BJP in the by­polls in Go­rakh­pur and Phulpur. New Delhi: Em­pha­sis­ing that polling booths must be manned and elec­tions fought hard, Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi on Satur­day told BJP cadre that they should un­der­stand the value of or­gan­i­sa­tion and not de­pend on their win­ning tal­is­man alone to see the party to vic­tory in the Lok Sabha elec­tions.

“Ek hawa phailti hai Modi aayega sab theek ho jaayega, sab jeet jayenge ... baazi palat denge. It is nice to hear. But I want to say that Modi is a child of the or­gan­i­sa­tion. If we had not been tested in the cru­cible of the (party) or­gan­i­sa­tion, we would slip on such sweet talk,” he said.

In an 80-minute speech to the BJP na­tional coun­cil here where he launched a hard-hit­ting at­tack on the moves for op­po­si­tion unity, say­ing the choice is be­tween a “maz­boot (strong)” gov­ern­ment and a “ma­j­boor (help­less)” one, he also sought to warn his party about the per­ils of com­pla­cency. “The rains may have been good and the seeds too. But we know that if the farmer does not plough the fields in time...will the seed and rains be any use? Sim­i­larly the elec­toral field has to be pre­pared,” Modi said. “My booth is the Modi with LK Ad­vani and Sushma Swaraj at a party meet where he said the LS polls will present a choice be­tween a maz­boot or a ma­j­boor sarkar

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fi­nance min­is­ter Arun Jait­ley urged BJP work­ers on Satur­day to build and strengthen the nar­ra­tive around the “match­less” lead­er­ship of PM Naren­dra Modi and the achieve­ments of his gov­ern­ment in the run-up to the LS polls. Jait­ley said Modi’s lead­er­ship is the party’s “big­gest as­set” in its bat­tle for re-elec­tion. strong­est...this is the only win­ning mantra,” he said.

Modi dwelt at length on the op­po­si­tion moves for an al­liance, say­ing it was re­veal­ing Pati­dar

leader Hardik Pa­tel is learnt to be will­ing to be the joint op­po­si­tion’s can­di­date in Varanasi against PM Modi in the LS polls as an in­de­pen­dent. Hardik, who has trav­elled to UP a few times in the re­cent past and was in Varanasi on Fri­day, how­ever, played down the talk, telling that he was yet to fi­nalise his plans. But he did not rule out the pos­si­bil­ity. that par­ties that op­posed Congress when it was strong are not keen on join­ing hands with it when the party is down in the dumps.

Maya and Akhilesh skirted any men­tion of RLD in the gath­band­han

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