India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah set the election tone in northern state of Uttar Pradesh (UP) as he accused the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) of favouring only few sections of the society.
He said the saffron party (BJP) believes in 'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas' (development for all).
Addressing a public rally at UP's Kakori, Shah also attempted to corner the grand old party Congress and said the nation is lagging behind on the developmental path as one family governed India for 60 years since independence.
"Without Uttar Pradesh's development, the country's development is not possible. If the Samajwadi Party or the Bahujan Samaj Party comes to power.can Uttar Pradesh develop? Will you get 24 hours electricity? Will cases like Bulandshahr gangrape case stop? If the Samajwadi Party or Bahujan Samaj Party come to power in Uttar Pradesh, they will work only for a particular community, but the Bharatiya Janata Party believes in 'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas'," he added.
The BJP chief's assertion assumes significance as the assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh is scheduled to take place next year. All four major parties -- BJP, SP, BSP and Congress -- are eyeing the polls in the state that has an estimated population of around 200 million. The state has 80 parliamentary constituencies, which makes it one of the most politically important state in the country.
Shah arrived here earlier in the day to lead the 'Tiranga Yatra' organised by the BJP to pay homage to India's freedom fighters on Independence Day.
The 'Tiranga Yatra' is a part of the Independence Day celebrations, the plans for which were discussed during a party meet held with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and union minister M Venkaiah Naidu.
The BJP members of parliament (MP) will carry out the Yatra for a week between August 15 and August 22 and spread the message of harmony to commemorate the 70th anniversary of India`s independence.
The Prime Minister has also asked the BJP MPs to highlight the contributions of freedom fighters and martyrs among school children.