Congress, SP raise communal factor as Amit Shah takes charge of BJP in UP

Lucknow/New Delhi, June 12 (ANI): Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi on Wednesday lashed out at Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's trusted aide Amit Shah after he took over as the in-charge of state's BJP, saying the latter brings with him a communal wave which is not good.

"The coming of Amit Shah in Uttar Pradesh has brought with it the communal wave. We will have to keep a close watch on his activities as he has the image of being a fundamentalist and the kind of allegations, which are levelled at him include that he was responsible for the killing of innocent people. His entry in Uttar Pradesh is not good for the state," said Joshi.

Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Naresh Aggarwal on his part said Modi was living under the illusion that the BJP would emerge victorious in Uttar Pradesh in the upcoming elections.

"People learn politics in Uttar Pradesh and they do not need to learn politics from an outsider. Narendra Modi is living under the illusion that he can strengthen and spread communal harmony, and this will become clear in the upcoming elections. Uttar Pradesh never accepts outsiders," he told the media in New Delhi.

Meanwhile, a confident Shah today said that Uttar Pradesh would play a vital role in ensuring that the BJP-led NDA alliance would win the 2014 general elections.

"Today I have come to Uttar Pradesh for the first time. I only want to say that in 2014 the BJP led NDA government will be formed and its foundation would be laid in UP. Thank you," he said.

In a clear signal of Modi's growing influence within the BJP, Amit Shah has taken charge of Uttar Pradesh today to manage and prep the state for the national elections.

Modi was over the weekend chosen to lead the BJP's national campaign. (ANI)

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