On Saturday several political heavyweights held multiple rallies in different districts in Uttar Pradesh for the upcoming polls which begin on February 11.
From the BJP camp, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and BJP President Amit Shah were in action.
On the other hand, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav who virtually heads the alliance between Congress and Samajwadi Party campaigned in Auraiya.
Addressing a rally in Meerut, PM Modi lashed out against SCAM, which he said stood for Samajwadi (S), Congress (C), Akhilesh (A) and Mayawati (M).
“Rid the state of SCAM”, the Prime Minister said in his first rally in the state after polls were announced.
In his address that lasted over an hour, the Prime Minister spoke at length about corruption, law and order and nepotism prevailing in the state.
“It is UP which made me the Prime Minister,” Modi said while explaining how he now wants to repay his debt by being given an opportunity to develop the state.
Attacking Congress and Samajwadi Party alliance, PM Modi said recalled how at one point Congress ran a campaign against Samajwadi Party government and now have joined hands.
“What happened that overnight they are embracing each. Those who could not save themselves cannot save UP,” he mocked.
Akhilesh Yadav gave a fitting reply to PM Modi’s SCAM remark.
“We need to save the country from SCAMs. We need to save ourselves from those whose names begin with A and M….Need to save the country from Amit Shah and Modi,” Akhilesh hit back at the rally.
He also mocked the PM for fighting in the Lok Sabha polls from Varanasi in UP.
“He (Modi) made a political plan to become Prime Minister. He probably couldn’t have become PM just from Gujarat,” attacked the Samajwadi Party leader.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh who campaigned in Badayun attacked Samajwadi Party and BSP.
“Achche din will come in Uttar Pradesh only after SP and BSP are uprooted in the upcoming polls,” said Rajnath.
Rajnath also attacked Pakistan in his speech. He called the Uri attack a cowardly act for which a befitting reply was given by India.
“I had gone to Pakistan where slogans were raised but I exposed them on their land,” he said.
BSP chief Mayawati also held a big rally in Bareilly where she vowed to waive farmers’ loans up to Rs 1 lakh per head and extend quota benefits to the poor among the upper castes.
“The reservation facility to Dalits and backwards will come to an end in case BJP, which is working on RSS agenda, comes to power in UP….With BSP in power, quota facility will continue besides
reservation will also be extended to the poor among the upper castes, based on their financial condition,” Mayawati announced.
Polls in Uttar Pradesh will be held in seven phases, the first phase beginning on February 11.