Orai: These Lok Sabha elections, where campaigning has reached a feverish pitch, politicians aren’t putting anything past their rivals. On Thursday, when a stray bull went amok at the venue of SP-BSP rally, it made headlines.
Today, that incident was a part of BSP chief Mayawati’s speech. “Ab toh BJP ke jo awara janwar hain hamari chunavi jalsabha mein unko chhode ja rahe hain. Kal Kannauj mein humari jansabha thi wahan humare aane se pehle BJP ke logon ne aise lagta hai shararat ke tehet wahan par awara janwaron ko bheja (BJP workers are sending stray animals to disrupt our rallies. Yesterday in Kannauj, it seems that BJP workers wanted to create a scene so they left a stray bull there).”
It was pandemonium at the mahagathbandhan rally in Uttar Pradesh’s Kannauj after a bull entered the venue. SP chief Akhilesh Yadav, who was also at the rally, had taken it in his stride and said that probably the bull had also approached the rally with its own complaints.
In a veiled attack at Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Yadav said that maybe the bull assumed that a helicopter from Hardoi was to land.
He said, “We were not aware that anyone would come with complaints. It (bull) may have thought that a helicopter from Hardoi is coming. It had come with its own sets of complaints.”
ANI reported that the crowd erupted in a peal of hearty laughter.
The video showed the bull attacking a man who tried to control it. Police had to resort to lathi-charge to cordon off the area in order to keep the crowd away from the rogue bull’s path.
Later, Yadav also took to Twitter to criticise the government over the menace of stray cattle, stating that they add to the misery of farmers. He said in his tweet, “We built an expressway in 12 months, but in the last two years people have been disturbed by five crore stray cattle. If the government is not able to prevent a bull from entering venues of political programmes, imagine the plight of poor farmers.”
Kannauj will go to polls on April 29 and counting of votes will be on May 23.