Ex-Union finance minister Yashwant Sinha predicts BJP will lose in western Uttar Pradesh – Reuters

Through PTI

HAZARIBAG: Former Union Finance Minister and Senior Vice President of TMC, Yashwant Sinha predicted on Saturday that the BJP will lose heavily in the UP West and claimed they may well win 20 of the 58 seats who went to the polls on February 10.

The former minister criticized West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar for not allowing the state’s elected government to function properly.

Commenting on comments by UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath comparing West Bengal and Kerala in a negative light, Sinha, who was speaking at a press conference here, said: “UP will be extremely lucky whether it becomes a Kashmir, a Kerala or a Bengal” because these states were far ahead in terms of social and economic indicators.

Asked for his reactions to Adityanath’s recent statement that the UP would become Kerala, West Bengal and Kashmir if the BJP failed to retain power in the ensuing elections, Sinha said. strongly reacted, said that “the statement was made out of frustration”.

He (Adityanath) felt that the BJP is facing tough weather conditions this time,” said Sinha, a former BJP leader.

Sinha claimed that the BJP would not win more than 20 seats out of 58 in the first phase of the poll in Western UP.

The BJP won 53 out of 58 seats in this region in the last assembly elections held in 2017.

“The real intention behind Yogi’s statement was polarization (of votes),” he claimed.

He alleged that the BJP wanted to retain power by polarizing the electorate on issues such as Hindu-Muslim-Christian, Jinnah and Pakistan.

The Modi government is trying to divert people’s attention from its economic and financial mismanagement, which has led to unprecedented inflation and unemployment, he claimed.

Speaking on the outcome of the ongoing Assembly elections in five states, Sinha said Congress had good prospects in Uttarakhand and Goa would witness a close contest between the BJP and Congress.

He also claimed that “the BJP is nowhere in Punjab”, where he said the Congress and the Aam Admi party were locked in direct combat.

While Manipur is likely to witness a close contest between BJP and Congress.

Speaking on the governor’s interference, Sinha alleged that Dhankar is “interfering in every move of the government, which is totally undemocratic and unacceptable.”

Former Union Minister of Atal’s government Behari Vajpayee also alleged that Dhankar is “acting at the behest” of the central government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

He accused Dhankar of working as a “super leader of the opposition and hampering the functioning of the state government with his interference”.

Sinha also criticized the role of governors in non-BJP ruled states such as Kerala, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu for interfering in the functioning of state governments.

“During Modi’s 12 years as Chief Minister of Gujarat, he was never disturbed,” Sinha said.

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