Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh due to 'wrong' policies of BJP: Akhilesh Yadav
Etah, Apr 10(UNI) Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav here on Wednesday blamed the ‘wrong’ policies of the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government in the Centre for the Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh which claimed life of a legislator and four security personnel.
On Tuesday evening, the convoy of BJP legislature Bhima Mandavi was attacked by suspected Maoist in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district. The district falls under Bastar Lok Sabha constituency.
Condemning the attack, while addressing a public rally in Etah, which will go for polling in third phase, Mr Yadav said, “Due to the wrong policies of BJP government, our soldiers are martyred every day. The BJP had claimed that they will end Naxalism, but in today’s newspaper, you must have read about attack in Chhattisgarh where four security personnel along with a BJP MLA lost their lives. But that is a non-issue for the BJP and this will not be any big news as they are in Centre.”
Criticising the BJP for taking ‘credit’ of soldiers protecting the borders , the SP president claimed that Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was released after the US pressurised Pakistan and not because of the BJP government.
“The borders of the country are not safe today, but if you dare to ask any question then you will be termed as ‘anti-nationa’. BJP is asking for votes in the name of Balakot air strike. But I want to tell them that our borders are safe because of our soldiers and not because of BJP. Also, it was the pressure from the US that helped in getting our Wing Commander Abhinandan back,” the former chief minister said.
Saying that the Lok Sabha elections are about farmers and their issues, Yadav said, “This BJP government has levied higher GST on farming equipment, but has lowered tax on diamonds.”
Taking a jibe at Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, he said, “Our CM speaks about how to shoo away the monkeys. He says reading Hanuman Chalisa will send the monkeys away.”
The former chief minister also attacked the BJP over growing unemployment and claimed that the job crisis will only grow bigger if BJP comes back to power.
Mr Yadav also lashed out at BJP for defaming him for taking away the taps from the official residence of the chief minister.
“This time Mahagathbandhan is of the people who believed in Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar and Dr Lohia. Earlier when Neta ji and Kanshiram ji had formed the alliance BJP people had conspired to break it, but this time it is stronger and already giving sleepless nights to BJP people,” he added.
The Samajwadi Party has forged a pre-poll alliance with Bahujan Samaj Party and Rashtriya Lok Dal for Lok Sabha polls in the state. The SP is contesting on 37 seats while BSP and RLD contesting on 38 and three seats respectively.
The state which sends 80 Member of Parliament to the House of People, will go to polling in all the seven phases of elections. The first phase of voting will take place on April 11 while last phase on May 19. Results will be announced on May 23.