Adityanath takes a swipe at rebels within BJP

Uninvited guest: Security personnel try to whisk away a langur from the dais before the start of U.P. CM Yogi Adityanath’s speech in Lonavala near Pune on Monday.

Uninvited guest: Security personnel try to whisk away a langur from the dais before the start of U.P. CM Yogi Adityanath’s speech in Lonavala near Pune on Monday.  

Hitting out at rebels within the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahead of the Assembly polls, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday warned disgruntled candidates that the BJP had no place for “opportunists” within party ranks.

“I want to tell those who are fighting polls against the party today not to indulge in such selfish politics,” Mr. Adityanath said at an election meeting in Lonavala while campaigning for sitting BJP MLA from Maval, Sanjay ‘Bala’ Bhegade.

Lashing out at disaffected candidates, he said till yesterday, the BJP meant everything to such individuals. “It means tomorrow if someone dangles a carrot in front of them, they will easily switch alliances and can even start talking against Maharashtra and against the country if required… This is simply not acceptable.”

“While every worker hopes to get a ticket, only one of 100 aspirants will get it. In our party, this process of selection is usually arrived by a consensus. However, some candidates in the party are opportunists. So, I appeal to you not to support such contestants,” Mr. Adityanath said.

More than any threat from the Congress and the NCP, it is the problem of rebels that is giving headaches to the BJP leadership with several party old-timers, disgruntled at seeing Congress-NCP turncoats being given tickets, have raised the banner of revolt.

The UP Chief Minister said if the BJP and the Shiv Sena had not shared a similar ideology, the saffron alliance would never have happened and that the two parties would not have been contesting elections together for so long.

Lavishing praise on the Modi government at the Centre and the Fadnavis government in Maharashtra, he said the Devendra Fadnavis-led government had put the brakes on the “unbridled corruption” of the erstwhile Congress-NCP regime.

“Maharashtra is leading the country’s progress,” Mr. Adityanath said, claiming under the Fadnavis government, farmer suicides had stopped and that more jobs had been created for youth.

Mr. Adityanath further said the Modi government, by its unprecedented action of doing away with Article 370, had hit the final nail on the coffin of terrorism in this country.

“The Congress had included Article 370 in the Constitution in 1952 despite firm opposition from Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, who had said that terrorism would flourish as a result of it. Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, founder of the Bharatiya Jan Sangh, gave up his life to repeal Article 370…It has taken 70 years to scrap this article and I congratulate Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah for their bold step,” he said.

Stating that a “feeling of security” was prevailing in the country, and in Maharashtra as result of the BJP’s — and Prime Minister Modi’s — drive, he claimed that before 2014, crime was rife in the State and the roots of the ‘D-Company’ ran deep in Mumbai, Pune, Lonavla and elsewhere in the State. “But now, the situation has been transformed.”

He lauded the role played by the Centre in empowering women through its Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao programme and the Ujjwala Yojana scheme among others. “The Modi government has shown that women’s empowerment is not merely restricted to slogans by doing away with the baneful practice of triple talaq.”

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