Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday kick-started election campaign from Western UP after offering prayers at Shakumbhari Devi temple in Saharanpur. He taunted Congress President Rahul Gandhi, saying that Kuldeep of the Namdars says that if the Congress comes to power then one-and-half kg potato would sprout, like mango fruits. BJP leader started the campaign when the elections are less than three weeks away.
Addressing a rally in Saharanpur, Adityanath said that Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar would be killed like Osama bin Laden. He said that people of Saharanpur have to decide whether to choose those, who take action against terrorists or those who support terrorism.
Earlier, Adityanath questioned where were so-called friends of farmers when they were on the verge of starvation from 2012 to 2017. He claimed that the sugarcane area in the state has increased by 2.2 per cent to 2.8 lakh hectares and many closed sugar mills have also been made functional in the state. Chief Minister said that farmers are happy under the BJP government.
Attacking the Mahagathbandhan of Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party, he said that previous governments of Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati did nothing for the sugarcane farmers and they were suffering from starvation.
Meanwhile, reports said that chief minister would later campaign for Hema Malini in Mathura. Former Bollywood actress is the sitting MP from Mathura. She defeated an incumbent Jayant Chaudhary of RLD.
The election in the state would be conducted in six phases. Uttar Pradesh is the most crucial state in the country which sends 80 parliamentarians o the Lok Sabha. In the last general election, BJP had swept the state by winning 71 seats, Samajwadi Party got five, Congress managed to get only two and Apna Dal bagged two