Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah on Saturday said that BJP was the only corruption-free party, as he launched the campaign for Uttar Pradesh Assembly election by flagging off a parivartan yatra from Saharanpur. He criticised both the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party for giving shelter to goons.

Shah also took pot shots at the infighting within the Samajwadi Party. "One who were given power to bring in development are busy insulting each other. Uncle [Shivpal Yadav] and nephew [Akhilesh Yadav] are engaging in a war of words. Bua [BSP chief Mayawati] is abusing both of them while UP is suffering," said Shah. While he said that Uttar Pradesh has not seen any development in the last five years under Akhilesh Yadav’s rule, he added that the state will only see a couple of statues coming up if Mayawati wins the election.

The party’s president also took the opportunity to bring up the issue of triple talaq. He said the practice should be abolished and Muslim women should be “given equal status." Shah added that other parties are only “doing politics” over the issue, reported India Today.

The BJP will hold four parivartan yatras across the state. While first rally will be held in Saharanpur on Sunday, the second, third and fourth will be held in Lalitpur, Ballia and Sonbhadra in the coming days. According to dna, the party is eyeing to win 265-plus seats in the 403-member Assembly.