Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed BJP’s ‘mahaparivartan’ rally in Lucknow on Monday afternoon.
As the numbers at the rally swelled, PM Modi told the cheering crowds that it was the biggest rally that he had ever addressed.
“This is the biggest rally of my career…I am in politics for many years, but have never addressed a bigger rally….After seeing this gathering, no one will have any doubt as to what is going to happen in the Uttar Pradesh polls,” said PM Modi.
At the rally, which was the first one to be held after government’s fifty-day window post demonetisation ended on December 30, the Prime Minister also spoke about his fight against black money.
Modi targeted both Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party on the issue of black money.
“Have you ever seen SP and BSP together…if SP says it is sunrise, the BSP will say it is sunset. After so many years both have come together on an issue and are saying ‘Modi ko badlo’ (change Modi), ‘Modi ko hatao’ (remove Modi) but Modi is saying change your notes, remove blackmoney,” Modi stated.
In an apparent swipe at the Congress, PM Modi said, “There are some parties which are nowhere in picture. There is one party which has been trying in vain for the last 15 years to establish the son.”
The Yadav family feud also found a mention in his speech.
“There is this third party which is using all its strength to focus on the family’s fate…People of UP have to decide if a party whose leaders are busing saving their money will be able to save UP. Or the party which is completely occupied in family (infighting) will be able to save UP…Somebody has to save money, somebody has to save family but it is only us who are here to save UP,” the Prime Minister said.
He also came down heavily on Samajwadi Party government and accused them of not utilising Centre’s funds properly. PM Modi said that the Samajwadi government was not procuring paddy from farmers despite the Centre’s support.
The Prime Minister urged the people to rise above caste and vote for development in the upcoming state assembly polls.
“People of the state have already seen politics of caste and family… For once rise above caste and vote only for development in the elections and see whether UP changes or not,” Modi said.
The fight against corruption will continue till it is fully uprooted and “so we want the blessings of the people of Uttar Pradesh,” he added.
(With inputs from PTI)