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SP, BSP will be 'uprooted' from Uttar Pradesh: Amit Shah

News Agencies | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:50 IST

Drawing a contrast between "scam-tainted" UPA government and "unblemished" NDA-led Centre, which completed two years in office, BJP chief Amit Shah on 31 May said the party will "uproot" the Samajwadi Party and BSP from Uttar Pradesh in the 2017 Assembly polls.

"Two days ago, Congress vice-president had addressed a rally and sought to know what were the achievements of the Modi government, which recently completed its two years. Let me enumerate what this government has achieved, drawing a contrast with the decade-long period when his own party was in power," he said at a rally in Andawa, about 35 kms from here.

"You (Rahul) had put in the seat of power a 'mauni baba' (an apparent reference to former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh). We have given the country a PM who is ready to communicate on every important issue."

"While you (Congress) were in power, financial irregularities to the tune of lakhs of crores of rupees had come to light. Modi government is unblemished even after completing two years in office," he said.

The BJP president, who was addressing a 'Kisan Sammelan', stressed that the 2014 Lok Sabha election results had only "partially enabled" the party to reach the benefits of development to Uttar Pradesh.

The state had 20,000 villages with no electricity when our party assumed power in the country. In two years, we have electrified 8,000 of these and are confident of bringing power to the remaining ones by 2018, he said.

"However, many efforts of the Modi government are not yielding results because of non-cooperative attitude of the Akhilesh Yadav government. UP is lagging behind BJP-ruled states as, for more than a decade, power has been in the hands of either Mayawati's BSP which is known for rampant corruption or the SP which is notorious for patronising goons," Shah said.

"The BJP is acutely aware of the key contribution of the state in its resounding success in the last Lok Sabha polls. But for the 71 seats which we got from the state, we could not have got an absolute majority in the Parliament. I urge the people to uproot both SP and BSP when the state goes to polls early next year. This will enable us to complete our unfinished tasks in the state," he added.

Senior party leaders, including national secretary Siddharth Nath Singh, state unit president Keshav Prasad Maurya and a number of Lok Sabha members, were present in the rally.


First published: 31 May 2016, 8:49 IST