Amit Shah

Criminal-Politicians Will Be Free Again If Akhilesh Yadav Comes to Power, Says Amit Shah

Attacking Samajwadi Party in its founder Mulayam Singh Yadav’s parliamentary constituency Mainpuri, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday said ‘criminal’ politicians like Azam Khan and Mukhtar Ansari will be out of jail again if that party comes to power in Uttar Pradesh. At another poll rally in Auraiya, he accused the previous governments led by SP’s Akhilesh Yadav and Bahujan Samaj Party’s Mayawati of crumbling the economy of Uttar Pradesh and credited Chief Minister Adityanath with bringing a turnaround in five years.

Shah said the 2022 assembly polls are for strengthening the hands of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and making Yogi Adityanath “chief minister again”. He said earlier police used to flee on seeing members of the mafia. “Now the mafias run after seeing the police. Where are Azam Khan, Atiq Ahmad, and Mukhtar Ansari? They all are in jail. If Akhilesh Yadav comes to power, they will get bail and if there is Yogi’s government they will remain in jail,” he said.

Shah was in Mainpuri to muster support for BJP candidates Jaiveer Singh (Mainpuri Sadar), Ram Naresh Agnihotri (Bhongaon) Union Law Minister S P Singh Baghel (Karhal), and Priyaranjan Diwakar (Kishni). Akhilesh Yadav is contesting his maiden assembly election from the Karhal seat here. Polling is in the third phase on February 20.

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Shah targeted the former chief minister over his apparent reluctance to accept the Covid vaccine. “When Modi ji brought the Covid vaccine, Akhilesh termed it the Modi vaccine and asked people not to take it. But after speaking against it for some time he himself took it out of fear. Had Modi not given vaccines to 130 crore people, would we have been as safe during the third wave?” He alleged that corruption was deeply rooted during the SP term in UP.

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