Meerut: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has formally launched its campaign for Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections in a rally held here at Ramlila Ground on Saturday. Flaying the Congress, BSP as well as SP, the BJP said it is the only party which can provide development for the society.

In a scathing attack on SP, BSP and Congress, the party president, Nitin Gadkari said, “The dream of Ramrajya can be fulfilled only by BJP. No other parties can do this as they are involved in corrupt practices.”

On Ram Mandir issue, Gadkari said that the Court’s decision has paved the way for the construction of the Mandir and now its public’s turn to support BJP in constructing Ram Mandir.

Targeting the Mayawati government, he said that politics of racism and communalism in Uttar Pradesh has caused a huge loss to the development of the state.

He also held the Congress responsible for 2Gscam, CWG scam, inflation and the rampant corruption. Citing the involvement of seven ministers in corruption cases and three BSP ministers in rape and murder cases, Gadkari said that such parties cannot augur a states development. 

Former BJP president Rajnath Singh, highlighting the contribution of the farmers of Ganga-Yamuna Doab area, said the government cannot ignore them as they contribute to 14 percent of the GDP.

Singh said, “If voted to power, BJP will increase the support prices of wheat and sugarcane to Rs 1300 and Rs 350 per quintal respectively. The farmers will be given loans at an interest rate of three percent for cultivation and spared from paying the interest for the first year.” 

Emphasising the importance of agriculture in India with the involvement of 55 to 60 percent people in this sector, he also criticized the Central government for allocating merely at 2 to 3 percent of the budget for agriculture.

BJP’s national vice president Kalraj Mishra said that Mayawati’s regime has created a situation of lawlessness in the state and if voted to power the party would seize Mayawati’s assets and declare it as state property.

State president Surya Pratap Shahi , state in charge Narendra Tomar, co-incharge Karuna Shukla and Radha Mohan Singh, National Secretary Santosh Gangwar, senior leaders including Kirit Somaiya were also present in the rally.

(JPN/ Bureau)