Amit Shah projects PM Modi as 'UP wala' to seek mandate in state

Kasganj: Projecting Prime Minister Narendra Modi as "UP wala", BJP president Amit Shah on Tuesday made a strong pitch for the party's surge in next year's state polls, saying its "victory march" would be incomplete without a win in the country's largest state.

 Amit Shah projects PM Modi as UP wala to seek mandate in state

BJP President Amit Shah. Reuters

Addressing a rally of booth-level workers of the Braj region as part of preparations for the Assembly polls, he lashed out at the SP, BSP and Congress, alleging that they have been running "corrupt" regimes for many years and that BJP will take action if it comes to power in the state.

Highlighting the work done by the NDA government at the Centre in the last two years, Shah dared Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to present his report card of five years like Modi did recently and said the Chief Minister should quit as "he has failed to fulfil any of the promises made to the people."

He also attacked Rahul Gandhi for asking what the Modi government has done in two years, telling the Congress leader that "the biggest thing we have done is to give the country a Prime Minister who talks" as "for ten years no one except you and your mother heard the Prime Minister speak."

Seeking a mandate for BJP in next year's elections, Shah said, "You (the people of UP) elected Narendra Modi as MP and made him India's Prime Minister. PM Modi is a 'UP wala'. BJP's victory march won't be complete unless we win Uttar Pradesh, the biggest state in the country. It is important for us to form a government here because India cannot progress without UP."

Modi is a member of Lok Sabha from Varanasi in UP.

Shah, who addressed two meetings of party's booth-level workers in the state today, accused the Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh of creating hurdles in the path of development, particularly implementation of schemes launched by the Centre for poor and farmers for political reasons.

Against the backdrop of the Mathura incident, the BJP chief also accused the Akhilesh government of aiding land grabbing and said his party will launch an agitation by forcing the authorities to get the encroached land freed.

He said his party would soon launch an email service by which people can complain about "encroachments made by SP men" and "even before" their government is formed in the state BJP workers will struggle in getting the encroachments cleared.

While attacking the Akhilesh Government over the violence in Mathura, Shah said inaction against the guilty was "surprising" and "they should be ashamed of it."

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Updated Date: Jun 07, 2016 22:44:59 IST