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Eyeing UP polls, BJP chief trains guns on SP government

Allahabad, June 12 (IANS) With an eye to the crucial Uttar Pradesh assembly polls early next year, BJP chief Amit Shah on Sunday trained his guns at the state’s Samajwadi Party government and raised the issue of alleged “migration” of Hindus from Kairana and the recent Mathura violence.

“The incident at Kairana (town in Shamli district) where a large number of people are migrating is very unfortunate. The Mathura violence was also very unfortunate. The SP government has been unable to control the situation,” Shah said in his presidential address at the party’s National Executive meet here.

He also lashed out at the Samajwadi Party government for the law and order situation and “the lack of development”.

“There is no peace. Here, the atmosphere is of violence and the state government has failed to control all these,” the Bharatiya Janata Party president said.

Shah also directed his ire against the Congress, saying its politics of obstructionism had become the hallmark of the main opposition party in the last two years.

This is also the reason for the weakening of the Congress, Shah maintained.

He said: “The BJP is rising because of its ideology, the commitment of its workers and extraordinary commitment of the government and its leadership.”

Providing to the media the highlights of the party president’s address, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad later said that Shah compared the performance of the previous United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government at the Centre with that of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance.

“While there was policy paralysis in the Congress-led government, our government has made progress with clear policy decisions — where policy decisions are taken by the political leadership and the executive implements them,” Prasad quoted Shah as saying.

“The previous government was marred by policy paralysis. Our government has been a decisive government that has ended a lot of dilemmas of the previous regime,” he said.

The BJP president pointed out that the two years of the Modi government have been corruption-free.

Shah also asserted that the NDA government’s two years have been exceptionally good and a lot has been achieved.

“This year, two important things have happened. First, our government, led by Narendra Modi, at the Centre has completed two years. And second, the performance of the Bharatiya Janata Party has been very good in the state assembly elections,” he said.

Referring to the recent polls, Shah said: “The victory in Assam has opened the gates to north-east India for the BJP.”

“From Kashmir to Kanyakumari and from Kutch to Guwahati, the BJP is expanding,” he said at the meeting, which was attended, among others, by senior ministers, BJP chief ministers, party MPs and state unit chiefs.

He said: “The Congress-led UPA government was in a dilemma whether rural development should take precedence over urban development. Whether there should be reforms or social welfare?”

“Our government has overcome all such dilemmas by striking a fine balance between rural and urban development, reforms and social welfare and issues of governance,” Prasad quoted Shah.

The party chief also said that unlike in the past the “disconnect between the foreign and defence policy” has also been done away with in the last two years.


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