Sounding the poll bugle, the BJP president said there is an urgent need for the change of guard in the state and attacked the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) for supporting the UPA government at the Centre for 10 years. He also termed these two parties as "Kuaan aur Khaai" and said that these parties are equally bad for the state.

"Till people dump the governments led by 'bua' (aunt Mayawati) and 'bhatija' (nephew Akhilesh) who have ruined the state with their casteist politics, development of UP will remain a far cry. UP has had good governments under Kalyan Singh and Rajnath Singh," Shah told the audience.
"Akhilesh babu and Behenji (BSP chief Mayawati) seek report card from us every day. I will give you the list of achievements. For 10 years, SP and BSP have provided crutches to the Congress-led UPA at the Centre. They are more responsible for the ills," he said.

Attacks Ruling Samajwadi Party
On Samajwadi Party's flip-flop over merger of gangster- turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari's Qaumi Ekta Dal with the ruling party, he said "There is a shadow boxing going on in the Samajwadi Party."
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"Senior SP leader Shivpal says go ahead with it. Chief Minister says, No! and SP supremo Mulayam says ok...I want to ask even if they don't take Afzal (QED MLA) they still have (don) Atiq Khan and some others of their kind," Shah said.

On Akhilesh Yadav accusing the BJP government of not giving enough to the state which gave them 73 MPs in the Lok Sabha polls, Shah said the 14th Finance Commission gave Rs 7.10 lakh crore to UP, which is Rs 5 lakh crore more than the previous time and asked as to where it has all disappeared.

"It is the duty of the state government to provide water, power, roads, education, employment. Why is he asking what we did, we gave Rs 5 lakh crore more. Development in UP is not possible in the present atmosphere and change will have to be brought by uprooting the SP government," he said.

Takes On Rahul Gandhi, Nitish Kumar
The BJP president said the Congress and JD(U) leader and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar are "vote splitters" or “vote katwa” and they are contesting the elections in Uttar Pradesh only to help the Samajwadi Party and the BSP.

Referring to the proposed padyatra to be undertaken by Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, Shah said he was trying to breathe life into the party. "These days Rahul baba, who is planning to embark on a yatra, has been harping on SP and BSP tune. He too asks what Modi government has done," Shah said.  He also attacked the Bihar chief minister and said the JD(U) leader had no base in the poorvanchal. "Does he have any base there? At best Congress and JD(U) could split votes and not form the government," he said.

Apart from the BJP president, the meeting was also attended by Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Uttar Pradesh BJP chief Keshav Prasad Maurya, BJP MP and state in-charge Om Prakash Mathur and BJP’s national IT cell in-charge Amit Malviya among others.

Earlier in the day, Sitharaman made a presentation of the schemes launched by the Modi government, and the benefits that people have received. She attacked the Akhilesh Yadav government and said that Akhilesh is claiming that his government is developing a Lucknow Metro, but the fact is that Centre has sanctioned Rs 6,926 crore for the first phase of the project.

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