UP polls: Cracking down on corruption, 'gharwapsi' of displaced are priorities for BJP, says state party chief

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    UP BJP chief says party will set up task force to investigate instances of corruption if voted to power.

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    Will ensure 'gharwapsi' of displaced families, Keshav Prasad Maurya added.

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    The state party head expressed confidence BJP would win over 300 seats in the Uttar Pradesh polls.

Crackdown on corruption and gharwapsi of the displaced Hindu families will be the top priorities of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) if it comes to power in UP this time, the party's state chief said.

In an exclusive interview to Mail Today, UP BJP chief Keshav Prasad Maurya said the party will launch investigations into alleged cases of corruption against Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and former CM Mayawati.

"We will institute a task force to investigate all cases and allegations of corruption in the past 15 years. If found guilty, be it Mulayam, Mayawati, Akhilesh or Shivpal, nobody will be spared for looting the state and will be thrown behind bars. The BJP will not shy away from doing it," said Maurya.

The UP BJP chief also told Mail Today that those Hindu families who have been displaced from places such as Kairana in western UP will be rehabilitated in their own houses. "We will ensure their gharwapsi," he said.

The young turk is billed in many quarters of the BJP as a befitting replacement to OBC leader Kalyan Singh and a dark horse in the race for UP CM if the party grabs numbers in the upcoming polls'REHABILITATING DISPLACED A TOP PRIORITY'

Commenting on Kairana, he said, "Rehabilitating displaced people not just from Kairana, but from across the state, will be the first thing that we have on agenda. We will create a task force to investigate all such cases where peaceful people have been crowded out of their homes and businesses by criminal elements. We will punish those responsible for it," he said.

"We will grab more than 300 seats, something between 330 and 350. The Congress and SP alliance and Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) will be reduced to not more than 50 seats," Maurya claimed.

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'LAW AND ORDER IN TATTERS'

"The Akhilesh government has failed on every front. Look at the goondaraj in the state. Law and order is in tatters. Corruption is at an all-time high. When mafia, within and outside the government, gets protection of the state machinery, then people want change. Their (SP leaders) failures are a big reason for our success. The complimentary reason is that our government at the Centre has launched several extensive schemes for the poor, who do not see beyond PM Modi," said Maurya.

"Mayawati sold poverty and grabbed votes for money. She is hungry for money and selling party tickets. This is how she runs her show. PM Modi is hungry for the welfare of the people," he said.

Talking about a communal undercurrent in western UP, Maurya said the BJP did not indulge in that brand of politics, the situation was created by the likes of SP minister Azam Khan. "People are feeling insecure in western UP owing to lawlessness and communal riots orchestrated by senior SP minister Azam Khan. If the culprits are not punished, people certainly will not like it."

Asked if he could be the chief ministerial face of BJP, Maurya said, "When the party decides, it will happen."

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