Amit Shah, the Union Home Minister, is doing door-to-door campaigning in Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh, today. This comes a day after Akhilesh Yadav, the leader of the Samajwadi Party, and his Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) ally Jayant Chaudhary launched a scathing attack on the BJP here. 

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Yadav had ridiculed the BJP’s election issue of Hindus fleeing Kairana, as well as the BJP’s post-election coalition offer to Jayant Chaudhary, stating, “Who is accepting their invitation? Imagine what condition they are in that they are compelled to invite?” Chaudhary had previously refused the offer, claiming that he is not a “chavanni” who will simply be flipped.

While addressing the public campaign today, Shah said, “Akhilesh Yadav and Jayant Chaudhary are together only till counting. If their (SP) government is formed, then Azam Khan will sit (in their government) and Jayant Bhai will be out. Their candidates’ list can say what will happen after elections.” 

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He also challenged Akhilesh Yadav saying, “Akhilesh babu is not even ashamed, yesterday he said here that the law and order situation is not good Akhilesh babu, today I have come to give our figures in a public programme, if you have the courage, declare the figures of your regime in a press conference tomorrow.”

Shah dismissed all other parties saying, “Earlier SP-BSP ruled here, when Behenji’s (BSP Chief Mayawati) party used to come, she used to talk about one caste. When Congress party came they used to talk about family and when Akhilesh babu used to come, he used to talk about goondas, mafia and appeasement.”

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Leaders of the Samajwadi Party and the Bharatiya Janata Party have been exchanging barbs. After Akhilesh Yadav claimed yesterday that his helicopter had been detained in Delhi as part of a BJP plot to prevent him from travelling to Muzaffarnagar, UP Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya responded on social media, “Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav’s plane failed, the campaign plan failed. The public punctured the cycle in 2014”, a reference to SP’s election symbol.