Demanding ban on the campaigning of BJP PM candidate Narenda Modi and his close confidant Amit Shah in Uttar Pradesh ,Union Steel Minister Beni Prasad Verma today alleged that Samajwadi Party and BJP were in nexus in communalising the elections. He demanded immediate ban by the Election Commission on campaigning by leaders like Narendra Modi and Amit Shah, who are trying to create communal disturbances in UP. “The elections are deliberately being communalised by SP and BJP”, Verma told reporters here.
Talking about Amit Shah’s speech in Bijnore in which he termed Mulayam as ‘mullah Mulayam’, Mr Verma said as Mr Yadav addressed rally in Muzaffarnagar and Mr Modi in Aligarh hence Mr Shah deliberately made this statement preparing a ‘groundwork’ for their speeches.
“BJP and SP are hand in glove with each other in communalising elections. Mr Shah made this statement so that Muslims could go with Samajwadi Party, while Hindus could support BJP”, he alleged.
Alleging Muzaffarnagar riots were ‘planned handiwork’ of BJP and SP, Verma said,’ After 84-Kosi parikrama failed in Ayodhya, SP and BJP planned Muzaffarnagar riots.As they wanted the communal atmosphere for elections’. He also claimed that his minis ry wanted to give Rs 10 crore cash to Muzaffarnagar riot victims and the cheque of the same was also ready but the ‘state government did not cooperate’.
“We (steel ministry) also wanted to build steel homes for riot victims, but the state government bulldozed the camps and removed victims staying there”, he alleged.
Mr Verma further alleged that sending Mr Shah as in-charge of BJP UP, against whom serious cases are pending in the court, itself shows plans of BJP to ‘communalise’ the elections. “Against Shah serious cases are pending..He is out on bail..Sending in to UP as in-charge of the party itself shows designs of the party”, he said.
Asking people to ignore media, which had given a lead to BJP in UP, Verma claimed that the next government at the Centre would be formed only by Congress.