Remember riots and rapes when you vote: Yogi AdityanathSandeep Rai | TNN | Updated: Jan 31, 2017
BULANDSHAHR: In his first major election rally in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh, firebrand BJP MP Yogi Adityanath urged voters to "remember the rapes and the riots" when they go out to vote on February 11, the first phase of elections in the state.
BJP had only two days ago spoken about the Ram temple in Ayodhya, closure of illegal slaughterhouses and the Kairana exodus in its election manifesto for UP. That BJP began its campaign in western UP by sending one of the most polarising politicians in its list of 40 star campaigners, opposition leaders said, showed the party's clear intention of dividing voters along faith lines.
Adityanath, who will cover Bulandshahr, Dholana (Hapur) and Loni (Ghaziabad) constituencies, all of which go to polls in the first phase of elections, is slated to hold eight rallies in the initial phase of campaigning. Addressing a gathering in Bulandshahr on Monday, the MP from Gorakhpur —whose outfit Hindu Yuva Vahini threatened recently to put up 64 candidates and fight against BJP for not making their leader the party's chief ministerial face — also spoke at length about the "exodus" from UP towns.
"There are more than 25 towns in UP where exodus (of Hindus) has taken place. Once we are in power we will deal with this menace strictly," he said. Elaborating on the exodus issue, which fellow party MP Hukum Singh had first raised from Kairana, Adityanath said, "Have you forgotten the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits in 1990? When I come to Western UP I am always confronted by this fear. If you do not wake up even now, you will also be forced to migrate to other regions. All the fact finding committees that went to Kairana after news of the exodus broke out last year were unanimous in admitting that exodus had taken place. Even then the UP government did not exhibit enough guts to tackle the issue impartially."
Launching a scathing attack on Samajwadi Party government, Adityanath asked, "Who is safe in UP? Riots occur in Muzaffarnagar, gangrape happens in Bulandshahr. Unfortunately, UP government not only perpetrates riots but also give protection to the rioters, rapists and criminals."
Attacking the SP-Congress alliance, he said it was an alliance of thugs. "Today I saw the concern of Mulayam Singh Yadav. The patriarch of SP said he will not canvass for this alliance. He knows that as long as Congress is dead, SP is alive, and the day Congress resurrects itself, it will throw away the SP. That is why he is so opposed to this thug-bandhan."