Union Home Minister and BJP leader Amit Shah addressed a public rally in Azamgarh today, where he said that his party BJP stands for 'Jandhan, Aadhar and Mobile', while claiming that the Samajwadi Party stands for 'Jinnah, Azamgarh and Mukhtar (Ansari)'. The home minister's visit comes on a day the opposition leader will be in Gorakhpur, the UP chief minister’s home turf.
Azamgarh is SP chief Akhilesh Yadav’s Lok Sabha constituency, where Shah today laid the foundation stone of a state university.
During his address, Shah also claimed that Azamgarh was known for its 'radicalization' under the SP rule. "Azamgarh was known for radicalisation during the Samajwadi Party rule. Now, Azamgarh will be known for education. I want to suggest to CM Yogi Adityanath to name the university being built here after Maharaja Suheldev", he said.
Amit Shah strongly asserted that under the Yogi Adityanath government, 'Mafia Raj', has come to an end. "Azamgarh is witnessing transformation under Yogi government. 'Mafia-raj' has ended under CM Adityanath", he said.
He also pointed to Adityanath's contribution towards elevating the economy of UP, and eradicating casteism. "Yogi Ji brought an end to casteism, nepotism & appeasement. Before 2015, UP's economy was 6th in the country & today's it's at no. 2. Unemployment rate reduced to 4.1%; there're 40 medical colleges, medical seats have gone up to 3800", Shah said.
Akhilesh Yadav will start the third leg of his "Samajwadi Vijay Yatra" from Gorakhpur.
Amit Shah will be in Azamgarh and Basti on Saturday, BJP’s regional vice-president Dr. Satyendra Sinha said. He said in Basti, Shah will be addressing people at Shiv Harsh Kisan PG College between 3.40 pm and 4.25 pm.
Before reaching Basti, Shah will address people in Azamgarh, he said.
Samajwadi Party leader Zafar Amin said Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday will come to Gorakhpur.
He will start a "rath yatra", which will go towards Kushinagar.
He will stay in Kushinagar and after a few programmes return to Lucknow.
(With inputs from PTI)