Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday asked the electorate to give a befitting reply to the Bharatiya Janata Party government’s ‘notebandi’ (demonetisation) by ‘votebandi’.
He said the defeat of the BJP in Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh would ultimately lead to the fall of Yogi Adityanath government in the state.
“In 2014, Narendra Modi had projected himself as ‘chaiwala’ (tea seller) and this time he has come in the incarnation of ‘chowkidar’. If the people of UP snatch even one ‘chowki’ (Lok Sabha constituency) then Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will also lose his ‘chowki’ (government),” he said.
The SP chief said the 2019 Lok Sabha election would be historic as it would take the nation in a new direction and restore respect for the poor.
Invoking the caste identity of the SP-BSP-RLD alliance, Akhilesh Yadav said, “This alliance is for ensuring social justice, for restoring the honour and dignity of the poor and disadvantaged sections of society who have been denied their due share in power structure since Independence.”
Yadav said the tie-up of Samajwadi Party with Bahujan Samaj Party and Rashtriya Lok Dal was robust and a long-term alliance and would survive.
“Dr BR Ambedkar and Dr Ram Manohar Lohia had originally conceived the idea of an alliance of socially disadvantaged social groups but they could not materialise it in their life time. In 1993, BSP founder Kanshiram and SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav forged this alliance but it collapsed due to the machinations of the BJP. After a gap of two decades, we along with BSP chief Mayawati have revived this alliance and this will go a long way in ensuring social justice to the deprived sections of society,” Akhilesh Yadav said in Rampur on Sunday while addressing election meeting to canvass support for party candidate Mohammad Azam Khan.
Training his guns at the BJP, Akhilesh said, “The BJP wants to create hatred in society, it wants to divide society for gaining power the way the Britishers had divided us.”
Taking pot shot at UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, the SP president said, “Mayawatiji had said that our ‘’baba mukhyamantri’’ (Chief Minister) has talked about the caste of god. She had referred to Yogi’s claims last year about the caste to which Lord Hanuman belonged.”
This time, the gods are not happy with these people,” he said.
The SP chief said he did not need to give a certificate of the work done by him when he was the chief minister. “Whenever the SP or the BSP comes to power, development takes place in the state. Roads and bridges were constructed and arrangement for power generation was augmented while in the BJP rule all welfare schemes have been put on hold.”