Yadav: BJP did notebandi, we will do votebandi for them
By  Shimon Chadha | Updated:  Apr 17, 2019, 04:32 PM
At a rally in Agra on Tuesday, Samajwadi Party chief, Akhilesh Yadav, launched an attack on the BJP government, covering a wide span of issues, ranging from the PM labelling the opposition alliance in UP a “Mahamilavat”, the implementation of economic reforms such as demonetisation and GST to the EC-imposed ban on BSP chief Mayawati.
Yadav’s party has formed an alliance with the Bahujan Samaj Party, headed by Mayawati, and the Rashtriya Lok Dal, headed by Ajit Singh. The three-party alliance is fielding candidates from 78/80 seats in the most populous state of the country, Uttar Pradesh. It is expected that the alliance will give a strong fight to the BJP, which had earlier swept 73/80 seats in the 2014 general elections. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has, time and again, labelled this alliance “Mahamilavat”, saying it is like “oil and water”, rendering each other “useless”. Yadav, at the rally, questioned Modi over the BJP’s alliance of 38 parties, and what would it be called, if his three-party alliance was a “Mahamilavat”.
Moving on to the central government’s reforms, the SP chief criticised the implementation of Goods and Services Tax and the sudden move of banning Rs. 500 and Rs.1000 notes, for making the artisans, farmers and small traders suffer severely. He said, “If they can do notebandi, we should do votebandi for them”.
Appealing to the people to not vote for the saffron party, the former UP CM emphasised that the alliance has worked very hard for the welfare of the people, and the results would be clearly visible, despite the Election Commission banning BSP chief Mayawati from campaigning. The constitutional body had banned Mayawati due to her remarks where she urged the Muslims to vote for her party, citing “use of communal and religious terms as a part of election propaganda”, and violating the Model Code of Conduct as the reasons. Yadav condemned the ban, saying that “Mayawati did nothing wrong. Instead she asked us all to unite. They are all looking for a fault in our alliance”. He further said that though attempts are being made to “subdue their voice”, the voting machines will “speak loud and clear”, expressing confidence in his alliance.
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