Lucknow: Prime Minister Narendra Modi had to cancel his rally in Bijnor, in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh due to bad weather, on Monday but Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) chief Jayant Chaudhary claimed he did it as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is facing difficulty in the state. Mr Chaudhary, who has a substantial support base among the Jats and farmers in western Uttar Pradesh, said the BJP is just not ready to face the people after failing to keep their promises.
“The BJP had earlier promised better electricity and development in Bijnor. If the Prime Minister had visited them today, the people would have asked questions. So suddenly BJP’s weather turned bad,” he said at a rally in Meerut Cantonment.
“It’s a sunny day in Bijnor, but the BJP’s weather is bad,” tweeted Chaudhary. He posted two photographs along with his tweet – one a screenshot of a news bulletin showing the Prime Minister’s trip has been cancelled and the second one having the screenshot of Google weather, which shows a sunny day in Bijnor.
बिजनौर में धूप खिल रही है, लेकिन भाजपा का मौसम ख़राब है! pic.twitter.com/7PYs4ceynu
— Jayant Singh (@jayantrld) February 7, 2022
The leader also took a swipe at Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath over his comment that he will “cool down” other parties.
The Chief Minister had earlier tweeted a jibe at the Samajwadi Party, whose candidate from Kairana, Nahid Hasan, was arrested last month under the Gangster Act. “Tamanchawadi Party’s (Gun-wielding party) candidate from Kairana is threatening, that is, the heat has not calmed down yet! After March 10, the heat will calm down…” Yogi Adityanath had tweeted.
“They want us to cool down but there is a lot of heat here. They want to talk about Jinnah but we want to talk about jobs and sugarcane dues,” Jayant Chaudhary said.
In his virtual address today, PM Modi said the “river of development” had stopped in Uttar Pradesh before 2017 due to the dynastic approach of “fake samajwadis’. The “river of development” is seen a reference to the flooding of periodic flooding of Ganga in the area. One of the main grouses of local farmers is that the government is yet to help control the flooding.
The seven-phased election in Uttar Pradesh will begin on February 10 and in the first phase, 58 seats in the western part of the state will witness voting. The 143 seats in the western part of the state are crucial to determining whether the BJP can retain power or if the SP-led alliance will help continue the state’s recent history of voting out incumbents.
The Yogi Adityanath government, PM Modi said, has worked for the development of all regions of the state equally without any discrimination. The state, he added, has paid over ₹ 1.5 lakh crore sugarcane dues to farmers which is more than the money paid by earlier two governments in Uttar Pradesh, he said.