SP-BSP alliance will contest elections together in UP

SP-BSP alliance will contest elections together in Uttar Pradesh

Will contest 38 seats each in Lok Sabha polls 

Finally the SP-BSP alliance declared today in Lucknow for upcoming Lok Sabha Polls in UP. Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati and Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav announced their alliance in Uttar Pradesh for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, sharing 38 seats each out of the state’s 80 parliamentary constituencies.

SP-BSP alliance

The parties kept the Congress out of the alliance, but said they will not field candidates in Amethi and Rae Bareli, represented by Congress president Rahul Gandhi and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi. The alliance left two more seats for smaller allies.

SP-BSP alliance
SP-BSP alliance

Making the announcement at a joint press conference with SP president Akhilesh Yadav here, BSP chief Mayawati said that the alliance will rob Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah of their sleep.

“The BJP taught us how to do ginti (arithmetic),” said Mr. Yadav on Friday, claiming that despite having a superior record on development, his party had lost out on the arithmetic.

The parties kept the Congress out of the alliance, but said they will not field candidates in Amethi and Rae Bareli, represented by Congress president Rahul Gandhi and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi. The alliance left two more seats for smaller allies

A result of this strategy was seen in Gorakhpur, Phulpur and Kairana where the BJP lost its in by-polls as the grand-alliance tested waters successfully.

Mr. Yadav said the number of alliances stitched up by the BJP to win elections had gone unnoticed. The proximity between the two old rivals, the SP and BSP, started soon after the drubbing in the 2017 Assembly election in which the BJP and its allies secured 325 seats out 403.

The BJP played down the potential of the SP-BSP alliance, with CM Yogi Adityanath calling it a “desperate attempt to save their existence.” “Public knows the truth and they will give the reply when time comes,” he said.

-MICROSTAT, JANUARY 12, 2019

Hard work is more powerful than Harvard : Modi

Hard work is more powerful than Harvard : Narendra Modi

Modi’s remark comes against the backdrop of Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen’s comment that demonetization is a “despotic action that has struck at the root of economy based on trust.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said, “ Hard work is more powerful than Harvard” as the latest GDP data shows demonetisation did not affect growth rate, rather the figures improved.

Hard work, microstat“On the one hand are those [critics of note ban] who talk of what people at Harvard say, and on the other is a poor man’s son, who through his hard work, is trying to improve the economy,” he said at an election meeting in Maharajganj.

“In fact, hard work is much more powerful than Harvard” he said.

Mr. Modi’s remark came against the backdrop of Professor of Economics and Philosophy at Harvard University and Nobel laureate Amartya Sen terming demonetisation a “despotic action that has struck at the root of economy based on trust.”

On February 28, the government pegged the GDP growth at a higher than expected 7.1% for 2016-17, despite the cash blues, which was higher than China’s 6.8% for October-December period of 2016, making India retain the tag of the world’s fastest growing economy.

On the electoral politics in Uttar Pradesh, Mr. Modi said the electorate had ensured the BJP’s victory in the first five phases and now they would give surplus votes as “gift and bonus” in the remaining two rounds.

“I request the voters of the State to give the rest of the two phases as bonus to the party. This is similar to the chillies and coriander leaves, which the vegetable seller gives to the buyer as bonus,” he said drawing applause from the crowd.

A few days back, the Prime Minister spoke of the possibility of a hung Assembly in the State, saying that the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party were waiting for such an opportunity for bargaining. This prompted Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to comment that after dreaming of 300-plus seats, Mr. Modi is now talking about a fractured verdict.

-PTI, MAHARAJGANJ (U.P.) MARCH 01, 2017

National Executive meeting; PM gives BJP power of 7 Ss

National Executive meeting; PM gives BJP power of 7 Ss

Making a fervent appeal to the people to bring “change” in Uttar Pradesh by voting the BJP to power and reject parivarvad (nepotism), “arrogance”, “casteism” and “goondaism,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said if given the mandate to rule the State, his party would accomplish 50 years of  pending work in five years.

Addressing a huge rally here at the Parade Ground at the end of the two-day National Executive meeting of the party, Modi said recent polls verdicts, particularly a clear win in Assam, have indicated a change in UP and it was time to end the “contract of loot between the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party.”

He asked all attending the meeting to switch on the lights of their mobile phones to felicitate people of Assam for giving their mandate to the BJP to rule the State.

BJP president Amit Shah and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh also addressed the rally ahead of Modi’s speech. BJP veterans LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi along with Central Ministers and Chief Ministers of BJP-ruled States also attended the meeting.

Earlier, addressing the concluding session of the National Executive meeting, Modi asked his party and the cadre to work for bringing development and change. He said people were no longer satisfied with “mere sloganeering” but observe if the country was growing strong or not.

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who briefed the media on the PM’s concluding remarks in the meeting, said, Modi gave seven points which are relevant for the party and workers to follow. The seven points are: seva bhav (sense of service), santulan (balance),  sanyam (patience), samanvay,  (coordination) sakaratmak (positivity) samvedna (sensitivity) and samvad (dialogue).

After the National Executive meeting, Modi along with top party leaders, reached the Parade Ground to address the public, from where he sounded the poll bugle.

Amidst loud clapping from the audience, Modi accused political rivals the SP and the BSP of having “a tacit understanding” of not probing each others’ corruption cases when in power.

In a speech full of interactive phases, Prime Minister asked questions and sought answers from the public. The PM asked the people “how many corruption cases” were lodged by the SP against the BSP even though when in Opposition the former had made several allegations against the latter. “Now, Mayawati accuses the SP. Unko bhi kuch nahin hoga, dono main jugal bandi hain. UP maain contract chalta hain,” he quipped.

Stepping up the attack against both the parties Modi said, “Development is not possible in UP if this contract of loot is not ended” in the State. Modi again asked the audience whether they got the benefit of Rs 1 lakh crore allocated by the Centre to the Sate and quipped, “pata nahin, pahuchta hain ya nahin.”

He said if every penny is utilized properly UP could become the number one State.

He said progress and development has been achieved in all the BJP-ruled States and appealed to the people to give BJP a chance in UP adding they could kick out the BJP Government if power was used for self-perpetuation. “Lath mar ke nikal dena”, Prime Minister said in Hindi amidst loud cheers.

 In an effort to connect with the people of Allahabad, Modi used symbolism of Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati and called the city the land of “Nishad Raj” as he reminded them that once University of Allahabad was known as “the Oxford of the East”.

Modi said to bring UP on the high road of development people will have to put an end to “bhai-bhatija vad”, “Parivarvad” , “goondaism” and casteism and appealed to the people to bring out change by voting out SP rule and put the BJP in the saddle.

– 14 June 2016 | Deepak K Upreti | Allahabad (Parade ground)