Lucknow (Aditya Menon): BJP president Amit Shah has targeted Muslim leaders in opposition parties, in his speech during the party’s Parivartan Yatra in UP’s Saharanpur district, where Muslims account for 41% of the population.
In his speech he focused on the Muslim leaders in Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party by saying. “Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav projects himself as a Vikas Purush. He says that as long as he is the chief minister, leaders like Afzal Ansari and Mukhtar Ansari will not be included in the SP. The people of UP want to ask you, that Afzal Ansari is in your party and you are still the CM. Under your rule, what will happen to Afzal Ansari, what will you do about Ateeq Ahmed, about Azam Khan? The entire SP is full of Ateeqs, Azams, Afzals and Mukhtars”.
Shah said. “The only thing common between all these leaders is that they are all Muslims”.
He also attacked BSP supremo Mayawati by saying. “Behanji (Mayawati) says that she will liberate UP from them (SP). If there are Ateeq, Azam, Afzal and Mukhtar here, we have Nasimuddin (Siddiqui) there (in BSP). Where will you escape to? It’s a choice between the devil and the deep blue sea.”
“We have no one of this sort. There are no Gundas in BJP. We have no place for Gundas in BJP. Only BJP can create a Gunda Mukt UP,” Shah added.
Shah said that the BJP will ensure the protection of UP’s Hindus. Citing the alleged exodus of Hindus from Kairana, he said “the residents of Western UP are being forced to leave the area. SP is responsible for this. If BJP comes to power, no one will leave their villages. Only the ones who are forcing you to leave, will be made to leave.”
Shah has also taken the credit for the surgical strikes without mentioning the Indian Army and said that “BJP got it done”.
In fact, Shah used the surgical strikes to issue a threat. “If anyone dares to do anything, we know how to respond with an eye for an eye, a bullet for a bullet.”
Shah also accused the SP and BSP of playing vote bank politics on the triple talaq issue.On the triple talaq issue, Shah said, “These parties do not shy away from doing politics even over the rights of Muslim women. Why should a practice that leads to immense suffering for Muslim women not be abolished?”
The BJP’s main strategy in these elections is to create a communal polarisation by targetting UP’s Muslim minority and they have been focusing on Saharanpur. Even PM Modi has chosen to celebrate his 2 years in office with a rally in Saharanpur in May this year.
By Aditya Menon
Courtesy: Catch News