Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader GVL Narasimha Rao on Tuesday claimed that the party has virtually become opposition less across the country. Speaking at India TV Samvaad on one year of Yogi Adityanath govt in Uttar Pradesh, Rao said no other party stands a chance to fight BJP in 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
Welcoming former Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agrawal into the party folds, Rao said, "Today the country is witnessing a phase when BJP has become the strongest party of the country, every other leader wants to join the development-oriented party, we welcome all." (Follow full coverage on India TV Samvaad)
He, however, added, "We in our party do not tolerate any indecent comment on any woman, it is good that Naresh Agarwal has himself apologised for whatever happened."
Yogi Adityanath govt's performance came under attack during the discussion titled 'UP ki Agnipariksha mein Yogi pass ya fail' (Yogi Govt passed or failed litmus test of UP) as the opposition leaders Akhilesh Pratap Singh from Congress and Naresh Uttam Patel from SP questioned the claims made by UP government.
"There have been a number of criminal cases in UP in 2017 and BJP says that they have controlled the criminal activities," said Akhilesh Pratap Singh. "The people of BJP lie and mislead the country, they say that encounters are fake," he added.
The senior Congress leader alleged that the criminals who are with the government were thriving in UP under government's protection.
Claiming that Akhilesh Yadav had taken Uttar Pradesh on the path of development, Naresh Uttam Patel said, "I am confident that UP Govt has not been able to stand on the commitments it had made and that the people of UP will not elect it next time."
BJP should provide employment opportunities to the youth of the country as they had promised, the senior SP leader said.
Accusing BJP of being religious, patriot or cow worshippers of convenience, Congress leader Akhilesh Singh sad that 'PM Modi took his formula of 'no government only event' and implemented it across India.
In rebuttal, BJP leader Rao said, "While other parties are focusing on dividing the country and on casteism, we in BJP are working only for development."
"It was very easy to put allegations on any political party, but you should look at the achievements by the BJP till date, the number of initiatives we have taken for the country and for individual states," the BJP's Rajya Sabha nominee said.
The BJP has been able to curb corruption by note ban and by linking Aadhaar to other facilities, Rao said.
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