LUCKNOW: Samajwadi Party (SP) chief and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav took a swipe at Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath over the desertions in the BJP saying that had Yogi known how to play cricket, he would have still missed the catch.
Addressing a virtual rally at Party headquarters here after inducting rebel BJP Ministers and MLAs including Swami Prasad Maurya, Dharam Singh Saini and others Akhilesh Yadav said, “Those watching news can clearly see that the wickets are falling on the other (BJP) side. We all know that our baba (Yogi Adityanath) doesn’t know how to play cricket. Even if he did, (in a situation such as this) he would have still missed the catch. With this, I wish to thank all the leaders joining Samajwadi Party.”
Commenting on the induction of Maurya along with his team into the Samajwadi Party fold, the leader said, “As Swami Prasad Maurya pointed out that wherever he goes government is formed, we take it as a sign. With the MLAs and ministers who have joined the Samajwadi Party today, we will win those many number of seats. I suppose BJP now needs a teacher in maths too.”
Taking a swipe at Yogi Adityanath for his 80 versus 20 remarks, Yadav said, “Eighty per cent people are already standing with the Samajwadi Party and its alliance partners. And those who have seen today’s programme, can read that the remaining 20 per cent would also go against the BJP.”
Taking a dig at the BJP, Akhilesh Yadav said that the people of the ring party got to know that several people would be joining Samajwadi Party in Lucknow so the Chief Minister went to Gorakhpur today. “His ticket was for March 11, but (looks like) someone advanced the booking for today,” he joked.
Slamming the ruling Party, Akhilesh Yadav said that they don’t have any achievements to show in the state. “They had promised farmers that their income would be doubled, but that hasn’t happened. The government also failed to provide fertilizer to farmers. They hiked the price of diesel and petrol instead. They are ruining the lives of people by increasing fuel prices,” he alleged.
He also said that this alliance can win 400 seats in the state if all people demand m their rights.
He pointed out how ‘thoko raj’ of the BJP is threatening people with cases and lathi charge for demanding their rights. “Once Mauryaji left BJP a warrant was issued against him. And who can forget the technical glitch of digital India, they were supposed to raid somewhere else but they raided on their own people,” he said referring to the Income Tax raids at a perfume businessman in Kannauj.
He further stated that the handle and padle of cycle (Samajwadi Party election symbol) is good with the support of people from other parties.
He also asserted that this is a final election for Uttar Pradesh and not semifinal.
Stepping up his attack on Yogi Adotyanath, Yadav said that Baba Chief Minister has failed. “Despite many BJP leaders coming all the way from from Delhi, he is not going to succeed. The BJP has got out with hit wicket as they did not understand our strategy. If they would have understood then they would have applied some brains. Even media was unable to understand our strategy.”
He also said that no one would have imagined that elections will be held in this manner with digital and virtual meetings. “The physical energy of our workers is unmatched. Our people will bring same energy through digital and virtual and go to home physically. No one would have imagined that Maurya would come to Samajwadi Party with his entire team,” he added
Uttar Pradesh goes to polls in seven phases from February 10 to March 7 while counting of votes will take place on March 10.
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