Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday attacked the Bharatiya Janata Party, saying that the real ‘rashtra dharma’ was to dislodge the saffron party from power.
Akhilesh was addressing a meeting of Samajwadi Party leaders in Lucknow.
“The BJP is controlled and guided by some hidden powers with evil intention and the BJP treats the opposition leaders not as rivals but adversaries. Besides, the party misuses the official machinery on a massive scale in its pursuit of subverting democratic institutions and constitutional bodies for its narrow political ends,” the SP chief charged.
Akhilesh added: “The BJP leaders are masters in the art of manipulating the agenda and deflecting public attention from the pressing issues.”
“The ruling party has set up multiple war rooms in the country that are used specifically to weave lies and run misinformation campaigns against rival parties. They have even started the practice of calling names, which is a clear manifestation of their sense of insecurity,” the SP chief alleged.
“Such propaganda and tactics of the BJP will never help it win the confidence of the people and the real issues will ultimately surface and dominate public discourse,” the SP chief hoped.
Akhilesh also targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying: “The NDA (National Democratic Alliance) government has done nothing to clean the river Ganga in the last five years, a promise he (Modi) made in the run-up to the 2014 Lok Sabha election. Swachh Bharat campaign has also failed to make any impact across the state.”
The SP chief pointed out, “The Modi-led National Ganga Council did not meet even once in the last five years of the NDA rule between 2014-19. A total of 351 stretches of rivers in India are now critically polluted, up from 302 in 2016.”
Akhilesh further said that seven of the world’s 10 most polluted cities were in India and cleaning and sanitation efforts had been left to the lower castes. Against the backdrop of these facts, he urged people to vote for a change.
The SP chief has been attacking the BJP and Prime Minister Modi almost on a daily basis, raising a myriad of issues like farmers’ distress, growing unemployment, failed economy and poor law and order in Uttar Pradesh.