LUCKNOW, Feb 12: Even as BJP national president Amit Shah claimed that the party will get over 90 seats in first two phases of elections in Uttar Pradesh, he shifted the party’s goal posts saying that the party is in contest with Bahujan Samaj Party not Samajwadi Party in these areas.
At least 140 seats are in fray in first two phases of on-going elections. In first phase 73 constituencies went to polls on February 11, while in second phase polling will be held in 63 constituencies on February 15.
“In the first phase of elections BJP will win over 50 seats. The response party is getting shows that we will get over 90 seats in first two phases,” Mr Shah said while addressing reporters here tonight.
He however admitted that the fight of BJP is with BSP not with Samajwadi party as was claimed earlier. “In first two phases I can say for sure that BJP’s fight is with BSP. Samajwadi Party does not exist. The caste equation there favours BSP therefore in first two phases of election, spread over in western UP, our fight is with BSP,” he said.
When asked about reported shifting of Jats to RLD he got annoyed and said that there are people from other caste who have voted for BJP. “There are Thakurs and backwards and people from other caste and you are talking about only Jats. Go and see the ground reality and then ask questions,” he said.
There are reports that first phase of elections has given a dent to BJP’s dream to form Government in Uttar Pradesh because of shift of Jat to RLD. This time the Jats, spread over in whole of western UP, has fought election on `pagadi ki ladai’ and this emotional appeal has worked.
Taking a jibe at Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s statement of achche din, BJP chief said it was ironical that a person who was the CM of Uttar Pradesh for the last five years was asking for `achche din’. “Actually it was his responsibility to bring `achche din’ to UP but he has failed to deliver. He has announced some big projects but has failed to complete them,” he said.
“The achche din would had come in UP had State Government worked in tandem with the Central Government. The NDA had launched many projects for UP but Akhilesh Yadav Government failed to take it down to the village level. The union had given over Rs 2.5 lakh crore to the UP Government but that money was not utilised,” he said.
He said the Congress- Samajwadi Party alliance was an unholy alliance which will fail on fronts. Akhilesh says `kaam bolta hai’ but has failed to answer if really work talks why the law and order situation in UP is bad. Why no effective steps were taken to give security to women, students, farmers and common man on the streets, he said.
“The BJP has emerged as a good alternative because it is BJP that can bring development in UP and provide security to the people,” BJP national president said. (UNI)