Shah takes on SP with A for apraadh’, C for ‘corruption’ | India News
LUCKNOW: A for ‘apraadh and aatank’ (crime and terror), B for ‘bhai-bhatijawaad’ (nepotism), C for ‘corruption’ and D for ‘danga’ (riots) —Union home minister Amit Shah recast the alphabetical primer on Tuesday as he hit out at Samajwadi Party, saying each letter stands for various ills of the Akhilesh Yadav-led political outfit and BJP has “destroyed this distorted form of SP’s ABCD….”
The recent GST intelligence and income tax raids on “some SP ranks” left Akhilesh with “too much stomach-ache”, Shah said, addressing rallies in UP’s Hardoi and Sultanpur as part of BJP’s Jan Vishwas Yatra for next year’s assembly polls.
“He (Akhilesh) became so disturbed that he started terming the raids as politically driven. Now, he is not able to answer the public when Rs 250 crore cash has been recovered from a perfumer,” said Shah, referring to the arrest of Kanpur businessman Piyush Jain whose premises were searched and huge amounts of “unaccounted cash” was found.
BJP has been linked Jain to SP, but the latter has dismissed the allegation. Shah said: “Whose money is this after all? It is the money of the poor public that was looted and kept in the house of the perfume businessman.” The raids were in accordance with BJP’s poll promise of a “crackdown on black money”, he said.
The home minister’s charge marked BJP strategy to corner the opposition on corruption as it gears up for the high stakes UP polls. BJP ranks have been firing a barrage of salvos at SP, which has been seeking to emerge as the most potent political rival to BJP.
Shah also railed against the opposition for invoking Dalit icon BR Ambedkar and speaking about “Dalit Kalyan” only during elections. “Congress insulted Ambedkar. It is BJP that gave him the due respect,” he said, pointing out how Ambedkar’s birth anniversary on April 14 is now observed as Samrasta Diwas and November 26 as Constitution Day.
Shah targeted Congress for raising the “Garibi Hatao” slogan, but doing nothing to get rid of poverty. For the BJP’s part, he said, since the party came to power under PM Modi, around 42 lakh people got houses, over 2.6 crore families got toilets, over 1.6 crore received LPG connections and 16 crore people got covered under the Ayushman Bharat scheme for free medical aid up to Rs 5 lakh.
On the Ram Temple in Ayodhya, Shah reiterated that SP, BSP and Congress conspired to get it stalled.