Ghazipur, May 16 : Senior BJP leader and Union Minister Manoj Sinha who is seeking re-election from Ghazipur Lok Sabha seat says his focus would be to rid this Parliamentary constituency from the ills of crime and casteism and step on effort to develop it as a twin city of Varanasi with stress on turning it into an industrial hub that would also provide jobs to the youth.
Considered as one of the toughest electoral battle in Eastern U.P., Mr. Sinha had won with handsome margin in 2014 polls and his initiatives as Railways and Telecom Minister in the Modi government have been appreciated by the people. He is facing the Samajwadi Party-Bahujan Samaj Party (SP-BSP) Mahagathbandhan candidate Afzal Ansari this time around.
However, Mr. Sinha does not consider the BSP nominee Afzal Ansari as posing a tough challenge for him. Ghazipur goes to polls on the seventh and last phase of polling on May 19.
Talking to UNI during his ongoing campaign in Ghazipur, Mr Sinha said that forces of casteism in Uttar Pradesh, particular in and around Ghazipur were facing a formidable challenge in the 2019 general polls from development-oriented politics. He said that BJP was getting support from all sections of the society and the people have realized that regional parties have a single point agenda to dividing them in the name of religion and caste and hide their corruption behind this smokescreen. However, the stress on development and progress under the Modi government has been able to tackle such forces effectively, he opined.
Mr Sinha said that Ghazipur was afflicted with politics of fear and crime and even the SP-BSP supporters want the pace of development to continue and let the peace prevail in the region.
He said that electors in Ghazipur have made up their mind to drive out crime, muscle power and fear from the constituency and asserted that the Yogi Adityanath government in U.P. was committed maintain strict control over law and order situation in the State.
Mr Sinha said that BSP had never won any parliamentary election from Ghazipur and the party had failed to win any seat even in 2012 Assembly polls in the State. He said that SP chief and former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav had refused to nominate Afzal Ansari of Quami Ekta Dal as SP candidate in 2014 elections.
Referring to development of Ghazipur and Eastern U.P., he said the Modi government had taken it up on a priority basis and strengthened infrastructure in the entire region which had been neglected earlier. He said that gas pipeline from Assam has already reached Varanasi and other districts, power supply had improved and the region held great potential for industrial development. Along with the government investment, efforts are also being made to get private investment in Ghazipur in sectors like food processing which would offer employment opportunities to the youth.
Mr. Sinha said that Varanasi-Ghazipur would be developed on the model of twin cities like Delhi-Noida-Ghaziabad, Hyderabad-Secunderabad so that it becomes a thriving industrial hub. He said doubling of railway track and its electrification would be completed over the next two years, facilitating introduction of more trains. He said that Ghazipur-Varanasi highway was also being made a four-lane road.He was confident that BJP-led NDA would get a landslide majority in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections and claimed that there was a strong pro-incumbency wave in favour of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (UNI)