Launching an attack on the Samajwadi party, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said on Sunday that a true socialist is one who embraces all sections of society and not those who engage in “appeasement politics”.
Those who speak only of “Samajwad” (socialism) are “khote sikke” (counterfeit coins) which cannot be used in the market, he said.
Addressing an election rally in the Ramnagar Assembly constituency here, Mr Singh said the name “Samajwadi Party” and its leaders do not go well together because “just having such a name does not make a Samajwadi”.
Explaining socialism, the top BJP leader said, “A true Samajwadi is a person who takes everyone. A person who indulges in a policy of appeasement and tries to form the government by dividing society can never be a Samajwadi.
In an apparent reference to SP leaders, Mr Singh said: “These people talking about Samajwad have turned into ‘khote sikke’ and you know that khote sikke are not used in the market. Samajwadi party today will not work in Uttar Pradesh politics.
Calling Barabanki a stronghold of socialists, he said, “When Congress ruled all of India, the people of this place stood with prominent socialists like Ram Sevak Yadav and Ram Manohar Lohia. But, since the fake ‘Samajwadis’ appeared in the state, people’s myth has been shattered. He said the BJP is a party that has imbibed the original essence of socialism and has remained true to it.
“We solved the problems of hunger and fear. Therefore, I can say that they (SP) are false socialists and it is we who have really advanced on the path of socialism. And if anyone dares to undermine the security of the country, then we are nationalists to give them an appropriate response,” he said.
Recalling his association with Barabanki, Mr Singh said he was elected MP for the Haidargarh Assembly constituency in the district and “you appointed me chief minister”.
Barabanki will vote in the fifth phase on February 27.
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