NEW DELHI — In Thane district of Maharashtra campaigning for a BJP candidate, Narendra Mehta from Mira Bhayander Assembly segment, Uttar Pradesh’s Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya said voting in favour of the BJP will mean “dropping of a nuclear bomb on Pakistan”.
Maurya, addressing a public gathering on Sunday in Thane, said the upcoming Maharashtra and Haryana Assembly elections are crucial as these will be the first polls in the country after the abrogation of Article 370, which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
“By pressing the lotus button (BJP’s poll symbol), not only Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Narendra Mehta will be benefitted, but it will mean that a nuclear bomb will by itself get dropped on Pakistan,” Maurya further said, reports PTI.
His no holds barred message depicted the meaning that whoever wants to destroy Pakistan should vote for BJP putting aside development agenda.
The entire world will closely watch the upcoming Assembly elections in these two states as it will indicate the real patriotism of Indians, the BJP leader said.
“These will be the first elections to be held in the country after the scrapping of Article 370, hence have immense importance. The results of these polls will reveal people’s ‘rashtra bhakti’ (patriotism),” he said. So, it is essential for every voter to exercise his/her franchise to make the “right choice”, PTI quoted him as saying.
So, it is essential for every voter to exercise his/her franchise to make the “right choice”, he said.
“The vote you cast will not be for Narendra Mehta alone, but it would be for the leadership of Prime Minister Modi and Chief Minister Fadnavis,” Maurya told the gathering.
Taking a dig at the opposition, he said, “Goddess Laxmi does not sit on the palm of hand, bicycle or clock (in an apparent reference to poll symbols of Congress, Samajwadi Party and NCP respectively), but she sits on a lotus, which is a symbol of development.”
Polling in both Maharashtra and Haryana will be held on October 21 and counting of votes will take place on October 24.
(With inputs from PTI)