SP chief Akhilesh Yadav on Friday said the fresh searches by the Income-Tax Department on the premises of another perfume businessman from Kannauj – Pushpraj Jain who is also an SP MLC – was an attempt by the BJP to “rectify” its mistake of raiding its “own man” Peeyush Jain.
In a press meet in Kannauj, Yadav attacked the BJP for spreading the “stench of hatred”, while searches progressed on the premises of Pushpraj Jain – the businessman who had launched the SP attar (perfume). He said the BJP was not only trying to defame the SP but also defaming Kannauj, famous for its perfumes much like Grasse – the perfume capital of France.
Kannauj is a SP stronghold and Yadav had won his first Lok Sabha election from here in a bypoll. Akhilesh’s wife Dimple Yadav is also a two-time MP from the district.
Hitting out at the BJP leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union home minister Amit Shah and other state and national BJP leaders, Yadav said “while during Adolf Hitler’s regime (in Germany), there was a separate propaganda ministry, the entire BJP stands for propaganda… It is a propaganda government. They have polluted politics.” Replying to a media query, he appealed to the EC to not allow raids of any kind till the polls were over, if it’s possible according to the model code of conduct because “no party can compete with the BJP’s propaganda machine”.
He said while the SP allied with regional parties, the BJP had an “internal understanding” with the ED, CBI and other central agencies.
The SP also released a new slogan ‘ek akela lad jayega, jeetega aur badh jayega’, seeking to project Yadav battling the collective might of the BJP and the central agencies.
He also said the “real battle” was between the BJP at the centre and the BJP in Lucknow, referring to the abrupt change of chief secretary in UP. Without naming Durga Shankar Mishra, Yadav said this was a “revenge” of sorts by the Centre for not making AK Sharma, Modi’s trusted bureaucrat, a deputy CM.
He also said the BJP’s Jan Vishwas Yatra or roadshows were attracting even lesser crowd than a “chowmein stall”.
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