Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday alleged that the Samajwadi Party had turned Azamgarh into a garh of terrorism. (Click Here For All Updates of Lok Sabha Elections 2019)

Addressing a rally in Azamgarh in support of BJP candidate Dinesh Lal Yadav aka Nirahua, Yogi alleged that Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) had crime in their DNA.

It must be noted that SP chief Akhilesh Yadav is contesting these Lok Sabha elections from Azamgarh which has been party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav’s bastion.

“Once Azamgarh was known for education and literature but the Samajwadi Party turned it into a stronghold of terrorism,” Yogi added.

The SP and the BSP made Azamgarh “a fortress of terror and crime but we have come to pull it out of it,” the chief minister said.

“We must link Azamgarh to art and culture and not with terrorism and crime,” said Adityanath, who was barred from campaigning for 72 hours by the Election Commission for his ‘Ali-Bajrang Bali’ remark.

Recalling a 2008 incident, Yogi said he had the people’s support when he was attacked in Azamgarh. On September 7 that year, one person was killed and six others were injured in an attack on Yogi’s convoy. He was then an MP.

“We are trying to link Azamgarh with Lucknow through the Purvanchal Expressway so that an atmosphere can be created which is conducive for business,” he said at the rally.

He added that a university would also be started in Azamgarh to promote higher education. Referring to the first three phases of elections, the CM claimed that his party would better last year’s performance where it got 73 out of 80 Lok Sabha seats. He said this year, their aim was at least 74 seats with Azamgarh being the 74th one.