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Uttar Pradesh elections: Contest with BSP in first two phases, says Amit Shah

Shah was speaking to reporters at the party state headquarters here a day after the first phase of elections in 73 seats.

Written by Lalmani Verma | Lucknow |
February 13, 2017 12:53:50 am
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The BJP on Sunday claimed it would win more than 90 seats from the first two phases of polls. On Saturday, Uttar Pradesh saw the first phase of elections to 73 seats across 15 districts. The second phase will begin on Wednesday when 67 constituencies across 11 districts go to polls. “I feel, BJP’s fight was with BSP in the first phase,” said Amit Shah, BJP national chief at a press conference here. “The trend will remain the same in the second phase too because both the phases are in the same region (western UP). In other phases, BJP’s contest will with SP but BJP will lead in all the phases.”

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Shah claimed that his party would win more than 50 seats in the first phase reasoning that the party’s manifesto had attracted all sections of the society. Western UP, which has a large number of Muslim voters, is seen as a strong base of the BSP. Shah said that SP-Congress alliance was ideologically unholy as it was a tie-up between two parties who have run governments involved in corruption. Shah accused SP of trying to hide its government’s failures and avoid defeat. He also accused it of appeasing voters on religious and caste lines in recruitment and implementation of welfare schemes.

“After ruling as CM for five years, Akhilesh himself is saying that acche din did not come to UP. Akhilesh has accepted that he could not bring acche din to the state. Acche din will begin in UP with formation of BJP government after March 11,” Shah said.

He pointed out that the Narendra Modi-led Centre had brought acche din to 50 lakh poor women in UP by providing them free LPG connections. Shah also said the Akhilesh government failed to implement central schemes in the state properly.

On a question about Muslim clerics extending support to SP and BSP, Shah said that BJP was not feeling any challenge with such developments. “Those who are desperate, they make such attempts,” Shah said.

When asked that BSP chief Mayawati has alleged that BJP has inducted discarded people in the party, Shah said that nobody will believe Mayawati’s allegations after she has inducted Ansaris (Mukhtar Ansari and Afzal Ansari), in the party.

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