BJP president Amit Shah on Sunday while addressing a rally lashed out at Akhilesh Yadav's SP and Mayawati's BSP rule in Uttar Pradesh stating that criminals roamed freely under their government, however citing fear among criminals after Yogi Adityanath took the chief ministerial seat.
He claimed that criminals now could be seen carrying a 'patta' (placard) reading "arrest us but don't do encounter" since Yogi Adityanath became chief minister.
The Uttar Pradesh government led by the BJP contentious leader Yogi Adityanath came under scanner in 2018 after the state Police launched a massive crackdown across the state, killing dozens of criminals. Reports had suggested that many people facing criminal cases wanted to be in jail rather than getting killed in encounters.
Addressing a rally here, Shah said, "Till the time the SP and the BSP ruled the state, criminals would roam freely. But, after Yogi Adityanath assumed office, criminals are seen moving with a 'patta' (placard) reading 'arrest us but don't do encounter'."
The BJP president further claimed a "pall of gloom had descended on Pakistan and the offices of SP, BSP and Congress on the day of surgical strikes".
He also asked "Buaa-Bhatija (Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav) and Rahul Gandhi" to make their stand clear on having a separate prime minister for Jammu and Kashmir and asserted that no one can take it away from India till his party exists.
While presenting a report card on the completion of two years of his government Adityanath had told a presser earlier this month: "There is zero tolerance for crime and criminals and 73 criminals have been killed in police encounters."
Coming down heavily on the Congress, Adityanath had also alleged that the country has failed to take giants strides on road to development due to the soft approach of the grand old party towards terrorists and naxalites.
"A strong Modi wave was sweeping across the country," he said, urging the people of Odisha to vote for a double- engine government of the BJP at the Centre and the state.
The Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh was called out by the Election Commission over his communal pitches during his election campaigns,
(With PTI inputs)