Addressing a public meeting in Muzaffarnagar, which was at the centre of one of the worst communal riots in state in September 2013, Akhilesh said that BJP raised “love Jihad”, “religious conversion” and “exodus of Hindu families” at different times but had to backtrack on every issue.
With BJP alleging that more than 350 Hindu families migrated out of Kairana in neighbouring Shamli district following threats “from criminals”, Akhilesh said: “Unki party ka sabse bada neta to palayan karke Uttar Pradesh aaya hai (the top most leader of their party has migrated to UP)”.The jibe was apparently targeted at Prime Minister Narendra Modi who contested and won the 2014 Lok Sabha polls from Varanasi.
Akhilesh alleged that majority of the leaders of BJP were against harmony. “But remember, the country will run by unity and harmony. It is easy to be communal, but it is tough to be secular. For being secular, one has to make sacrifices and has to give respect to others,” Akhilesh said, adding people of Muzaffarnagar “know better” what agenda BJP has.
Promising round-the-clock power supply for Muzaffarnagar city, Akhilesh claimed that the Samajwadi Party’s election agenda will be “development” and asked the gathering to caste their votes after comparing the works of his government and BJP-led NDA government at Centre. He said the slogan of “acchhe din” will not click again. “We talk to unite people. But, communal parties try to create rift between castes and communities. You compare who has done better work for people in the state,” CM said.
He also highlighted the schemes run by his government for welfare of people including distribution of laptops, Kanya Vidhya Dhan, Samajwadi Pension, distribution of fruits and milks to students in schools, development of Agra-Lucknow Expressway and metro rail. CM also said that his government will ensure payment of dues to sugarcane farmers.