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Yogi to give land rights to Hindus displaced from Pakistan since 47

The chief minister who is also BJP's declared chief ministerial candidate launched a scathing verbal attack on the Samajwadi Party while hardly mentioning the near-absent BSP and irrelevant INC at today's rallies

People, all non-Muslims, who had fled Pakistan since the riots during the partition and settled in Uttar Pradesh will now own the lands they had been given without rights by successive governments of independent India, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said today, addressing an election campaign rally of the BJP in Muslim-dominated Rampur. “A lot of people from East Pakistan and West Pakistan had come to the state since 1947. Previous governments gave them plots of land but no ownership rights,” Yogi said at the rally.

Attacking the Samajwadi Party by invoking a famous implement of the town, the Rampuri knife, Yogi said, “The Rampuri chaku (knife) was once used for defence. Under the Samajwadi Party government, it had become a medium to capture lands of Dalits and properties of the poor.”

“If good people carry weapons, it is used to protect the country and religion. If it is in the hands of the wrong people, they will loot and capture properties of the poor and downtrodden,” the Uttar Pradesh chief minister said in an apparent reference to the fact that most refugees of late, for whom the Narendra Modi government amended the Citizenship Act of 1955, belong to what are called Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in India officially.

Yogi assured the Hindu refugees that his “government will give them leases systematically. We will do justice to all those people”.

The chief minister said that his government has made sure that lands grabbed by force are returned to their original owners. “My government did not hesitate to even run bulldozers when needed,” Yogi said.

The chief minister trained his guns at the Akhilesh Yadav-led SP the most in his speech, hardly mentioning the Mayawati-led BSP or the INC steered by its general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.

Yogi accused the SP of promoting crime and protecting criminals during its term.

“If you ask someone about the SP, they would say that the person inside the car that sports the SP’s party flag is surely a goon,” he said at the BJP rally in Raebareli.

The Uttar Pradesh assembly election will be held to elect 403 MLAs in February and or March.

In the last assembly election in the state, the BJP had bagged 312 seats while the SP won 47 seats, Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) 19 and the INC could manage to win only seven seats.

After the election, the BJP formed the government in the state with Yogi Adityanath becoming chief minister for the first time. The term of the current assembly will expire on 14 May 2022.

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