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BSP transferred votes to BJP in 2014 polls, can prove it: Akhilesh Yadav

BSP, including its chief Mayawati, had in the recent past alleged at public rallies that if the people voted for the SP, it would strengthen the BJP in the state.

By: Express News Service | Lucknow |
December 14, 2016 12:40:27 am
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CHIEF MINISTER Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday claimed he had proof of BSP having “transferred” votes to the BJP in the last Lok Sabha election.

“This is why it (the BSP) got zero seats, while BJP won the majority of the seats (from the state) in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. I have data of booths that show votes (of BSP) were transferred. I can prove it,” he told mediapersons when asked why the BJP had won many seats in elections held during the tenures of SP-led governments in the state.

BSP, including its chief Mayawati, had in the recent past alleged at public rallies that if the people voted for the SP, it would strengthen the BJP in the state.

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On a query related to BSP, the CM said, “Do not ask me anything about this party. They should give some thought to what they have done for the development of the state.”

Targeting Mayawati over her claims it was her government that had initiated projects like Lucknow Metro and Agra Expressway, Akhilesh said: “No one stopped her from starting these schemes. Tomorrow, she would also say that laptop distribution and the upcoming smartphone schemes were also initiated by her.”

Amid reports of SP-Congress alliance in UP, Akhilesh reiterated that if such a tie-up took place, the combine would win over 300 seats. “Although the samajwadis are going to form a majority government in the state, but if alliance takes place, it will win over 300 (of the 403) seats. The final decision in this regard will be taken by party national president (Mulayam Singh Yadav),” he said when asked about possibility of alliance with Congress.

Claiming that he was eagerly waiting for elections, the CM said: “Tareekh jaldi aa jaye to humse jyada khush koi nahi hoga (No one would be happier than me when poll dates would be announced).”

Downplaying controversy over ticket distribution in the SP, the CM said, “Yeh sab chala karta hai. Pehle diya, phir badla, phir badla, phir mila.” He went on to cite the example of Lambhua in Sultanpur, where SP had changed its candidature eight times in the last state elections and won the seat.

“Only winnable candidates would be given party tickets on the suggestion of national party president,” he added.

On tickets to gangster-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari’s brother and don Atiq Ahmad, Akhilesh said “hardships because of note ban was a bigger issue at present”. On reports that he had allegedly pushed Ahmad at a public programme, Akhilesh said, “Such act is not in my behaviour… It’s the media, which says so. I might have asked him to speak later.”

Akhilesh said people who are now queueing outside ATMs post demonetisation will “queue-up once again to vote against the BJP”.

“The demonetisation move was without any planning. Everyone wants black money to end but where is the money that should be in the market? People are still waiting in queues. Poor labourers are unemployed and farmers are facing problems. This is a conspiracy against the people… People of Uttar Pradesh will once again (stand in) queues, and vote against the BJP for giving them the pain (through demonetisation),” he claimed.

Akhilesh said three arguments were made in support of demonetisation — it will help fight black money, counterfeit currency and corruption.

“You (Modi) said deposit Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes in banks and everyone did so. But you did not check which notes were being deposited,” he added.

The CM further said he wanted to know from the Centre what preparations had been made to facilitate cashless transactions.

“Where is the Internet? If BJP wants a cashless economy, it should have distributed smartphones for free as we (SP) have planned,” he added.

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