Battle for UP heats up; with eyes on ‘Jat’ votes, Amit Shah meets Jat leaders of Western UP ahead of Assembly polls
Union Minister Sanjeev Balyan, BJP MP Satyapal Singh, and Parvesh Verma attended the meeting. Mohit Beniwal and Captain Abhimanyu of the BJP in Western Uttar Pradesh were also present during the meeting.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah met with Jat leaders in the national capital on Wednesday, ahead of the first round of the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. Union Minister Sanjeev Balyan, BJP MP Satyapal Singh, and Parvesh Verma attended the meeting. Mohit Beniwal and Captain Abhimanyu of the BJP in Western Uttar Pradesh were also present during the meeting,
The meeting took place at the residence of BJP MP Parvesh Sahib Singh Verma. Amit Shah said that Jats have always supported the BJP, whenever he went to the community and campaigned for the party, Jats have always voted for the saffron party.
During BJP’s rule, not a single sugarcane mill was shut down, mills were modernised and record production of sugar took place in UP, Amit Shah said. Not even a single riot took place in UP, hasn’t the law and order situation in the state improved? the Home Minister asked Jat leaders.
BJP MP Parversh Verma said that both are nationalists, the BJP and Jats, both love their country.
Muzaffarnagar BJP MP Sanjeev Balyan, who was also present in the meeting, said that both sides have discussed issues. Jat leaders have assured hope. Balyan also said that Jats can never see Akhilesh Yadav as their Chief Minister. A range of issues were discussed in the meeting with Jat leaders and the meeting was held in a good atmosphere, Balyan said.
Today’s meeting between Shah and Jat leaders is deemed crucial ahead of the first phase of elections in Uttar Pradesh on February 10.The struggle in Western Uttar Pradesh has become crucial especially since the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) established an alliance. This meeting with Home Minister Amit Shah was attended by around 200 Jat leaders from various parts of western Uttar Pradesh.