Mumbai: Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma, on Monday, claimed that no opposition party in Uttar Pradesh is in a position to contest the upcoming Assembly elections alone against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
“None of the (rival) political parties is in a position to contest (elections alone) against the BJP, and hence various alliances are being stitched up,” Sharma said at an event in Ghazipur.
He was speaking at a programme to mark the death anniversary of former Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Krishnanand Rai. Rai, an MLA from the Mohammadabad Assembly constituency was shot dead by armed assailants in November 2005.
Sharma alleged that the opposition parties have been making false promises to the people of Uttar Pradesh and urged the voters to vote for the BJP in the ‘mahayagya’ of democracy.
Taking a hit at the previous governments, Sharma said that they only had crimes and criminals in Ghazipur, however, the Yogi government has given facilities to Ghazipur.
“The previous governments have given only crime and criminals to Ghazipur. During their regime, the pious land of seers was deprived of development. The current government has given facilities of education, health, medical college and a four-lane road to Ghazipur,” Sharma said.
The Minister’s remarks came at a time when the Samajwadi Party has reportedly ‘finalised’ an alliance with Apna Dal. Om Prakash Rajbhar’s Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party (SBSP) is already in talks with the SP apart from Sanjay Chauhan’s Janwadi Party (Socialist) and Keshav Dev Maurya’s Mahan Dal.
There are also speculations of an alliance between SP and Aam Aadmi party, as SP Chief Akhilesh Yadav met AAP leader Sanjay Singh.
Uttar Pradesh goes to Assembly polls in 2022.