'Congress did not feel answerable all these years'

UP BJP general secretary Pankaj Singh exuded confidence that even in future elections, the BJP will give a befitting reply to any possible coalition of parties through welfare-centric schemes for the public, the dedication of the party workers and the commitment to make Uttar Pradesh a developed state ("vikasit pradesh") in the country.

"The BJP government in the state under Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is working on the 'sankalp' (pledge) of ensuring the availability of electricity and water supply and construction of better roads in the village. When they (Congress) were in power, they had never felt it appropriate to answer to anyone," UP BJP general secretary Pankaj Singh said here.

"After the BJP came to power, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has started the practice of telling the people of the country the work done in a year... we very well understand that we are answerable to the people, and we have to give answers to the people from time to time," he said.

On the electoral understanding between the Samajwadi Party and the BSP, which halted the saffron party's victory march in the Lok Sabha bypolls in Gorakhpur and Phulpur, the BJP MLA said, "Forging a coalition is their internal matter, and I would not like to comment on it. But we emerged victorious in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, 2017 Assembly polls and the urban local bodies polls held last year. And the reason for the victory was the able leadership of the party, the development work done by our government and the hardwork of the party workers."

He exuded confidence that even in future elections, the BJP will give a befitting reply to any possible coalition of parties through welfare-centric schemes for the public, the dedication of the party workers and the commitment to make Uttar Pradesh a developed state ("vikasit pradesh") in the country.

To a question on as to what would happen if the Congress also joined the bandwagon of the SP and BSP, with the caste equation being not in favour of the saffron party, Singh, who is the MLA from Noida Assembly constituency, said, "The BJP has always followed the agenda of development, and we are taking Uttar Pradesh on the path of development with the idea of 'sabka saath, sabka vikaas' and the agenda of antyodaya (benefitting the last man of the social strata)."

Mounting an attack on the rival political parties, the 39-year-old legislator said, "The people of the state with whom the rival political parties have played the game of votebank politics in the name of caste and community, now understand the 'niyat' (intention) and 'niti' (policy), and will not be fooled. People are looking forward to development. They want job avenues so that unemployment is no more."

On the efforts taken by the political parties in lauding B R Ambedkar, Singh said, "Ambedkarji should not be confined to any political party or caste. He has given the country its Constitution and the democratic set-up... In fact it is the BJP which has started the work of developing five places associated with Ambedkar as 'Panchteerth'."

"And if I say the truth, our concept of Antyodaya was also the dream of Ambedkar. He also used to speak of Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikaas... development of every person and all sections of the society should be done, and everyone should get an equal opportunity. Today, if any political party is moving on that path, then it is the BJP," Singh said.

Commenting on the law and order scenario in the state, the BJP MLA said, "I know the working style of our chief minister and also his policies. I can confidently say that the guilty will not be spared, be it anyone."

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