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
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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