Uttar Pradesh elections: Protest against me shows BJP going out of power, says Mamata Banerjee | Lucknow News – Times of India


LUCKNOW: A day after West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee was shown black flags amid slogans of “Mamata go back” on her arrival at Varanasi by right wing workers, the Trinamool Congress chief on Thursday said the “protests indicate that they (BJP) are going out of power”.
Addressing the first mega rally of Samajwadi Party and its alliance partners that was jointly addressed by Akhilesh Yadav in Varanasi – the parliamentary constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Mamata said she had been attacked several times in past but never been afraid of it. “When they hit my car and raised slogans, I got off my car and stood in front of them and thanked them because for me it was a sign that BJP was aware that it was losing the elections in UP,” the TMC chief said adding: “I have been attacked several times, shot at and beaten by sticks in past, but never gave in… I am not a coward, I am a fighter.”
Describing BJP’s targeted attack on her as an example of how the saffron party disrespects women, she said the BJP always urges people to say “Jai Sri Ram” when traditionally the people of India have always preferred “Jai Siyaram” (glory to Sita and Ram). “They never honour women,” she said, adding that why does the BJP have objections over her visit to Varanasi. “I am an Indian and can go anywhere be it Varanasi, Azamgarh or any other district. We have people from UP in Bengal, we always welcome them,” she said, adding that if people vote out BJP from UP in these elections, the Prime Minister would be voted out from the Centre in 2024.
In between her barbs at the BJP, Mamata did not forget to chant “Har Har Mahadev” and talk about her spiritual experience at the ghats in Kashi on Wednesday. She sought votes for SP alliance candidates describing Akhilesh as her Chhota Bhai (younger brother). “Ek dhakka aur do (One more push)” she said adding that it would be all that is required to push BJP out of power in UP.
It was perhaps for the first time this elections that the entire SP alliance shared the stage including RLD chief Jayant Chaudhary, Pragatisheel Samajwadi party Lohia (PSPL) chief Shivpal Yadav, Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP) chief Om Prakash Rajbhar, Mahan Dal president Keshav Dev Maurya, Apna Dal (K) chief Krishna Patel apart from a host of senior SP leaders including principal general secretary Ramgopal Yadav, national vicc-president Kiranmoy Nanda and state chief Naresh Uttam Patel.
She also attacked chief minister Yogi Adityanath, describing him as someone who falsely claims to be a yogi but is actually a bhogi. Mamata also accused Yogi of presenting himself as a saint but has brought a bad name to the title. “Where were you when women had to walk long distances to reach home during lockdown? Rivers in UP were full of dead bodies which were disposed of without proper cremation,” Mamata said. She concluded her address with her Khela hobe … khelenge BJP ke saath (The game is on with BJP) as she threw a football in the public asking them to pass it on as a message to vote against the BJP.
In his address, Akhilesh started with “Ma Ganga ko pranam” and thanked TMC chief for her visit to Varanasi. He said when “Mamata Didi” visited Lucknow earlier this year, her visit reminded BJP of its defeat in West Bengal assembly polls and her visit to Varanasi has only refreshed the same memories for the saffron party. Describing the ruling BJP as the party which survives on lies, Akhilesh reminded the people of Varanasi that the party had promised to turn Kashi into Kyoto and asked if the promise had been fulfilled.
“They never cleaned the Ganga which saw hundreds of dead bodies floating during the pandemic,” he said adding that there was however a lot of ‘Tod phod’ (demolition) in the city.
“The BJP has accepted defeat which is why its candidates are holding their ears and doing sit-ups on stage, begging for votes and even offering oil massages to the electorate to seek votes. But people are not going to forgive them because of these gimmicks. Vote against them if the youth doesn’t want to wait for another five years to get jobs and if you don’t want to buy petrol and diesel for Rs 200 a litre,” he said.
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