Hitting out at successive BSP and Samajwadi Party governments in Uttar Pradesh over corruption, BJP president Amit Shah on Wednesday alleged that people of the state were left empty handed while the leaders of the two parties flourished under their rule.
He also alleged that while SP was committing atrocities on Dalits, BSP supremo Mayawati was exploiting them and claimed that only BJP can ensure uplift of the community.
“In the last 15 years, the people of Uttar Pradesh have been entangled between SP and BSP and remained where they were, while the leaders of these parties accumulated wealth,” he alleged.
Addressing a ‘Parivartan Maha rally’ organised by former BSP leader Swami Prasad Maurya, Shah raised questions on graft cases, from Taj corridor to alleged mining scam linked to Gayatri Prasad Prajapati.
“Had there been no corruption in the mining department in the state (headed by Prajapati), every household would have got a colour TV set,” Shah claimed.
“Modiji is sending money to the state but it is being divided between chacha and bhatija…,” the BJP national president alleged targeting Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and state minister Shivpal.
Taking a jibe at the Samajwadi Party over the infighting, Shah said it was “bigger than Mahabharat”.
“Uncle (chacha) and nephew (bhatija) are throwing each other’s supporters out and Amar Singh is playing the role of Narad,” he alleged. Shah also tried to corner Mayawati, saying she should have used the money spent for buying her bunglows for the poor Dalits in the state.
“Behenji (Mayawati) you got clear majority (in 2007)… what did you do? NRHM scam, Noida plot allotment scam, Taj corridor scam, security number plate scam, police recruitment scam,” he alleged.
“After a scam worth Rs 40,000 crore, she says that she will work for the betterment of the state’s backwards and Dalits if voted to power,” the BJP president alleged.
In the rally organised under the banner of Loktantrik Bahujan Manch of Maurya, who has accused the BSP supremo of selling party tickets, Shah asked the people to tell others about the number of bungalows owned by Mayawati in Delhi.
Questioning Mayawati’s claims of working for improving the lot of Dalits, he claimed, “If she had distributed the money she spent on the bunglows…every Dalit household would have got an air conditioner.”
He also lashed out at the BSP supremo over the issue of atrocities on Dalits, saying, “As many as 1,074 Dalits were killed between 2008-2011 …Behenji, before seeking Dalit votes you will have to give an answer on the killing of Dalits (under your government) to their Samaj.”
“While Mayawati exploits Dalits, SP commits atrocities on them,” he alleged, adding both cannot do any good and it is only BJP which can work for their uplift on its “sabka saath, sabka vikas” motto.
Shah also hit out at Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, who is currently on ‘Deoria to Dilli Kisan Yatra’, alleging, “Rahul baba your family has ruled the country for 65 years… it is Congress which is responsible for farmers’ plight…had the party been real sympathiser of farmers their condition would not have been like this.”
Terming Congress as “vote splitter”, Shah alleged the party is nowhere in the race for power in the Assembly elections next year and it is in fray to help SP and BSP which had lent their support for 10 years at the Centre.
Recalling the massive support BJP got from Uttar Pradesh in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Shah said the Modi government is working to develop all sections of the society and mentioned various schemes being run by it.
“But if the state does not have a government which works for the people and the poor, all such schemes of the Modi government will not reach to the ground level..,” the BJP national president alleged.
Informing that the fund allocation for the state “has been hiked by Rs 1,00,000 crore” by the Modi government, he asked the Chief Minister as to why it has not been properly utilised for development and said, “UP will also be developed but only BJP can do this.”
He also raised the slogan “na sapa na basapa, abki baar bhajapa sarkar’ (No SP, no BSP, next time BJP government) at the rally.
Referring to the law and order situation in the state Amit Shah claimed “only BJP government which can improve the situation here”.
Maurya in his speech alleged, “The massive loot in BSP had frustrated the common workers…we left the party because of this…the workers of the BSP are totally fed up.”
Meanwhile, Amit Shah is scheduled to visit Mathura on September 28 for the five-day long birth centenary celebration of BJP ideologue Deen Dayal Upadhyaya. The celebrations, which will start on 25 September will also be attended by Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh among others.
(With PTI inputs)