Amit Shah, BJP President, today lashed out at the Congress in a rally at Etawah, Uttar Pradesh. In contrast to Congress’ aspiration of returning to power in the state after 27 years, Shah said the Congress wants to help Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party as a ‘vote-katwa’ party. Saying this, the BJP president tried to press forth his view that Congress’ has no scope in Uttar Pradesh Assembly election 2017. He said that Congress is campaigning in UP only to corner BJP votes.
Pointing out the successes of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Shah said that Congress is working as a ‘B’ party of SP and BSP. He told people, “Now you have to decide if you want a corruption-free Modi or looters like the SP and BSP.”
Guided by poll strategist Prashant Kishor, the Congress is trying hard to return to power in the state. The party’s vice-president Rahul Gandhi recently toured the entire state for a month and promised loan waivers worth Rs 50,000 cr to farmers of the state. The party also imported former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit as its CM candidate in the poll-bound state. However, this move apparently irked Rita Bahuguna Joshi, one of the biggest Congress leaders in the state, who switched to the BJP. The move was not a coup on the part of the BJP, but may be a symbolic win for the party ahead of the crucial election.
The ongoing feud in the Samajwadi Party and recent diplomatic and military successes of PM Modi vis-a-vis Pakistan have put the Congress out of the public reckoning for the time being. While the party’s intention would certainly not be to divide BJP votes, the Congress, however, doesn’t seem to be winning on its own also.
Shah is confident of a BJP win. Selecting Etawah as a rally venue was also a strategic move in many ways. Etawah is the home district of Mulayam Singh Yadav’s family and all seats in and around Etawah are occupied either by Mulayam’s family members or people close to them. At a time when Mulayam’s family members are fighting for power, Shah chose this spot deliberately to take advantage of SP’s vulnerability. The Congress think-tank, however, doesn’t think it wise to take on SP head-on. And hence, Shah’s has his allegation against the Congress.
At a time when Mulayam’s family members are fighting for power, Shah chose Etawah for rally deliberately to take advantage of SP’s vulnerability. The Congress think-tank, however, doesn’t think it wise to take on SP head-on. And hence, Shah’s has his allegation against Rahul’s party.
(Inputs from agency)