New Delhi, January 22
The BJP on Saturday kicked off its door-to-door campaign from Kairana in the crucial western Uttar Pradesh belt with Home Minister Amit Shah meeting exodus-hit Hindu families of the area and urging people to vote for the saffron party if they wanted “current law and order scenario to prevail”.
UP CM flags ofF campaign vans
Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath on Saturday flagged off BJP’s “campaign vans” for next month’s Assembly polls and said the “double-engine” government of the party has fulfilled all its promises. PTI
Visiting Sadhu Sweet shop, whose owner Rakesh Garg migrated to Ambala after the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots and returned later, and another affected local family of Mittals, Shah said residents told him they no longer lived in the shadow of fear.
BJP’s star campaigner, who visited Kairana for the first time today since 2014, said he was elated at the scale of transformation in the area, especially the atmosphere of peace, with people saying those who forced others to migrate were themselves fleeing UP now.
Shah gave slogan “Abki baar 300 paar”. The BJP has fielded its late Kairana MP Hukum Singh’s daughter Mriganka from the seat, while SP candidate is Iqra Hasan. Iqra is the sister of SP’s sitting Kairana MLA Nahid Hassan, who the party had fielded first. A change was necessitated after Nahid Hassan’s recent arrest under the Gangster Act. CM Yogi has been raking Hasan’s criminal past in the area.