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Goons and guns: Shah cites Mathura violence, targets Akhilesh on 'lawless' UP

The Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh is creating roadblocks for execution of several welfare schemes initiated by the Centre, the reason why benefits are not reaching the intended beneficiaries in the state, BJP president Amit Shah said at a media briefing in Lucknow on Tuesday.


BJP president Amit Shah. PTI

"Modi government has launched a number of new schemes every 15 days, including free LPG connection for BPL families and Kisan Fasal Bima Yojana, in the last two years, but the state government is creating roadblocks in its delivery," Shah said.

Accusing the ruling Samajwadi Party of shielding the corrupt and the goons, Shah asked why the Akhilesh Yadav government was not acting against those it had itself accused of corruption and scams worth Rs 12 lakh crore during the earlier Bahujan Samaj Party rule.

"They came to power on the plank of ending corruption allegedly prevalent during the BSP government. Why have they not acted against any corrupt in the last four years and sent them to jail?" the BJP president said.

"They left no place whether its sky, earth and underneath where corruption did not take place," Shah said.

"There is not a single allegation of corruption against the present regime."

"People ask as to how we will get a majority government  in Uttar Pradesh. It will become possible due to your (workers) efforts," he said.

When asked on the chief ministerial candidate for the upcoming Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, Shah said, "We have decided not to project anyone as the face for polls yet."

Talking on the lines of the recent exposé of the Karnataka MLAs seeking bribe on in lieu of their support in the upcoming Rajya Sabha elections, Shah clarified, "There is no question of indulging in horse-trading in the biennial polls; BJP has enough votes for victory."

Asking people if they get power for 24 hours power in the state, he said, "There is no shortage of power, the shortcoming is in intentions. In two years, we (NDA government) gave power to 9,000 villages."

On the controversial Ram temple issue, Shah said, "There should be a Ram temple built in Ayodhya but either after a consensus or through court decision."

Targeting the Uttar Pradesh government for what he said was the "deteriorating" law and order situation in the state in the wake of the Mathura violence, Shah wondered aloud how could goons shoot at police officers with impunity.

Shah said that SP government is turning a blind eye to land grab cases hobnobbing with and patronising people encroaching on the government land in the state and said his party will set up an online complaints system for those affected to lodge complaints.

"BJP will launch agitation against encroachment of land belonging to government and poor," Shah said.

Exhorting BJP workers and leaders to work towards capturing power in Uttar Pradesh, where the party holds a record 71 of the total 80 Lok Sabha seats from the state, Shah said the state's development was possible only under a BJP government.

With inputs from agencies

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