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BJP will win all seats from UP in 2019, Sonia-Rahul will move elsewhere: Adityanath

IANS  |  Lucknow 

on Tuesday claimed that his (BJP) will win all the 80 parliamentary seats in the 2019 elections.

Speaking at the popular 'Ki Adalat' television programme hosted by India here, he also claimed that and his mother will migrate to some other safer seats out of fear of losing their traditional constituencies of Amethi and

"The people of have experienced the bitter regime of the Congress, and the and they will banish them forever from the state," said the saffron-robed

He also said that the 'electoral understanding' struck by arch rivals BSP-SP was of no consequence in the parliamentary by-elections of and Phulpur, the results of which will be out on Wednesday.

"UP has suffered their divisive agenda, dynastic and brazen promotion of self and families and after the rout of the red flag in Tripura, the BJP will ensure that the red cap (SP's brand) also drowns in the popularity of and his development- oriented and progressive politics," he said.

He even said it would have been better if the BSP-SP and would have contested the bypolls together, claiming "Bua (Mayawati) and the two Babuas (Rahul and Akhilesh Yadav) would have made things easier for us".

He also trashed allegations of his predecessor (Akhilesh Yadav) that no development has taken place under him and he was only inaugurating the projects of the previous SP government.

Asked to comment on Lalu Prasad's statement that if Mayawati and came together, BJP will be wiped out in UP, a smiling Adityanath said that if the former Bihar was the mentor of the two leaders, the lesser said the better.

Presenting the report card for his one year rule, the asserted that infrastructure has been spruced up, unbridled power supply ensured, loan waiver for farmers rolled out and law and order brought on track.

Questioned on the spree of gunfights - 1,200 in 11 months leaving more than 45 criminals dead, Adityanath said the message was loud and clear that maintaining law and order and ensuring safety and security of the people was his top priority. If criminals fire at police, they will be responded to in the same measure, he said in a bid to justify the gunfights, which many allege are extra-judicial killings.

"When you ask for what changes have happened in the state, you should see how gun-totting criminals have given up on crime and have become vegetable vendors," he told Sharma amid applause.

To a question on whether by saying that he will not celebrate Eid, was he not confining himself as a of Hindus, Adityanath answered in the negative and said Hindusim was his faith and religion and he was extremely proud of it.

"I am proud to be born a Hindu, have lead a life of a seer and having been given 'diksha' in the oldest sect," he said while adding that he was not one of those leaders who would quietly recite Hanuman Chalisa inside their homes and don skull caps when they step out.

Saying he would not resort to such practices, he however maintained that people of other religions wanting to celebrate their festivals peacefully will be given full security by the

On the saffronization of the state ever since the BJP came to power, he said there was nothing wrong in it as "saffron was the colour of prosperity".

Adityanath also ruled out any mediation in the Ram Janmabhoomi imbroglio, recalling many attempts have been made - most recently by Sri Sri but they did not fructify. "We should pin our hopes on the apex court and await its verdict on the matter," he said.

He also sought to stress that minorities in the state need not fear him. "There has been no communal tension in the state in the past one year and there will be none ever," he said.



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First Published: Tue, March 13 2018. 22:16 IST