Azamgarh, June 19
Calling the Samajwadi Party and the BSP “Rahu-Ketu” for the development of UP, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday urged the voters of Azamgarh to keep a distance from both the parties, and asked them not to turn the parliamentary constituency into a “hotbed of terrorism”. asked to give
Addressing an election rally in support of BJP candidate Dinesh Lal Yadav ‘Niroha’ at Chakrapanpur in Azamgarh, Adityanath said, “Be it SP or BSP, they are Rahu and Ketu for the development of UP. These are inauspicious planets for development. The more distance you keep from them, the closer development will come to you. However, he did not specify which party is ‘Rahu’ and which is ‘Ketu’.
On June 23, voting will be held in Azamgarh along with Rampur.
Lok Sabha by-election in Azamgarh has become necessary after SP chief Akhilesh Yadav resigned from this seat after winning the 2022 assembly elections from Karhal in Mainpuri.
Adityanath on the occasion praised the Centre’s ‘Agneepath’ scheme and highlighted its benefits.
“The whole world has welcomed the ‘Agneepath’ scheme, while the opposition parties have misled the youth because of their nature of playing with the lives of them. We will give priority to firefighters in UP Police and other services. These youth are for us. There will be gifts, who will have training, discipline and a sense of (patriotic) towards the country during adverse times,” the CM said.
Making a strong appeal to the voters, he said, “Don’t let Azamgarh become a ‘Gadh of Terrorism’. The Samajwadi Party government had made Azamgarh a hotbed of terrorism. Even the BSP could not distance itself from it. But, it was the BJP’s double engine government that linked Azamgarh with development,” Adityanath said.
Attacking rivals over employment, the chief minister said, “Before 2017, whenever jobs were announced, the entire clan (apparently pointing to the SP family) went for ‘vasoli’ (extortion). was coming to the fore. God save everyone from this Saifai clan. We (BJP) have given 5 lakh government jobs. “Sister’s elephant’s stomach is so big that it never fills up. It also used to eat ration of poor people and employment for the youth,” he said.
Taking a jibe at the previous governments, Adityanath said, “The youth of Azamgarh (at the time of SP and BSP governments) had an identity crisis. During the SP government, when the youth of Azamgarh used to go to other places in the country, they did not get rooms in hotels and dharamshalas. He said, ‘The person you have chosen in Azamgarh, they left him and disappeared. We believe that Akhilesh ji has become MLA, and he will not leave Azamgarh as it stood by him during the crisis. However, the local workers (of the SP) were apprehensive that he would betray them,” Adityanath said.
On this occasion, the Chief Minister also counted the achievements of the BJP government.
Accusing the SP of duping the candidates for the by-election ticket, Adityanath said, “When it came to giving election tickets, I thought that the Samajwadi Party would definitely give a chance to a worker like Ram Darshan Yadav. But, once again the Saifai family (Mulayam Singh Yadav’s family) came to the fore. He also said that the BSP candidate (Shah Alam alias Guddu Jamali) was also betrayed by the SP. “He (Shah Alam) had gone to the SP, but it denied him the ticket. This is because it is in the nature of the Samajwadi Party to cheat.”
Without naming SP chief Akhilesh Yadav and party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav, the chief minister said, “You (people of Azamgarh) have made two former chief ministers as MPs, but they did not show any interest in Azamgarh’s development. The development of Azamgarh and Uttar Pradesh did not matter to him. What was meaningful to him was his own development and the development of his family.” “We talk about nationalism, they stop at dynasty. We talk of development, they talk of misleading the youth. BSP and SP got a chance to come to power (in UP), but they cheated the people. These people have no agenda for development. The double engine government has removed all the hurdles.
Adityanath also mentioned various welfare and futuristic schemes and claimed that youths here will get jobs here, and they will not have to go to Delhi, Mumbai or Kolkata for jobs.
BJP leader addressed another election rally in Bilariaganj, Azamgarh.
Apart from BJP and SP, Bahujan Samaj Party is also contesting the Lok Sabha by-elections and has made Shah Alam its candidate.
Samajwadi Party has made Dharmendra Yadav its candidate from Azamgarh in the by-election.
Adityanath also said that he had earlier visited the Azamgarh district hospital and the Kovid-infested area and attacked the SP chief for his remark that the anti-Covid vaccine was from the BJP.
“When the country was fighting the pandemic, Akhilesh (Yadav) was misleading the country. You did not become a partner (‘colleague’) during the crisis, but were misleading (people),” Adityanath said.
He said that the double engine government of BJP provided free vaccines and free ration.
Meanwhile, shedding light on ‘Rahu’ and ‘Ketu’, Triloki Nath, an astrologer from Lucknow, who hails from Azamgarh, said, “Rahu is usually combined with Ketu, which is known as a astrologically one. Also considered as shadow planets. Visible. They are known as rogue planets.” In March 2018, when the SP-BSP came together for the by-elections to the Gorakhpur and Phulpur parliamentary constituencies, Adityanath described the two parties as “ker-ber” (banana and Indian plum) and asked whether the two Different fruits can be gel.
In the Lok Sabha by-elections of Gorakhpur and Phulpur, the BJP suffered as it was defeated by the BSP-backed Samajwadi Party.
It is worth noting that the Gorakhpur seat was earlier with Adityanath, while the Phulpur seat was occupied by Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya.