As Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati announced their alliance for the Lok Sabha elections in Lucknow on Saturday, 550 km away in Delhi, the BJP’s Uttar Pradesh leadership told party workers that those who did not like development, growth, and prosperity in the country had joined hands against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“This is not an alliance with any good intention, or for any good cause. Those who did not like to see each other’s face because of caste rivalries, those who did not even greet each other as a matter of courtesy, have today said they want to come together in an alliance,” Adityanath said.
At the BJP national convention, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said any Opposition alliance for Lok Sabha polls will bring anarchy, corruption and political instability.
Rajya Sabha member and BJP national media head Anil Baluni said the SP-BSP alliance has exposed the Congress’s “haisiyat (status)”. He said, “In UP, which has 80 seats, Congress has got two (Amethi and Rae Bareli) in donation. The SP-BSP alliance has clearly shown the real status of the Congress and its president Rahul Gandhi.”
Yogi asserted that in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, the BJP will perform better than it did in 2014 and a “strong and capable” government under Modi’s leadership will be formed again. “Ask any impartial person — a rural woman, a soldier, a farmer, or young person — they will all say ‘Kaho dil se Modi phir se’ (they will vouch for bringing in Modi once again).”
“The BJP will do even better than in 2014,” Adityanath said. In 2014, the BJP won 71 of the state’s 80 Lok Sabha seats, with ally Apna Dal winning two.
UP Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya said, “Akhilesh Yadav-ji, Mayawati-ji, kar lijiye yeh note, ab pichhdon ka, Daliton ka, garibon ka, nahi bikega vote… woh vote mananiya Narendra Modi-ji ke saath khada hai, woh janata Modi-ji ke saath khadi hai… (Akhilesh and Mayawati, please note, the votes of the backwards, the Dalits, and the poor are not for sale. Those votes are standing with Narendra Modi.)”