Prime Minister Narendra Modi campaigned for the third phase of polls in Uttar Pradesh. In Kannauj, the home turf of the Samajwadi Party, the prime minister slammed the ruling party for its pre-poll alliance with the Congress.
Addressing an election rally, PM Modi he said Samajwadi Party chief
“I want to ask how Akhilesh forgot the attack carried out on Mulayam Yadav by Congress in 1984… What can be more shameful than befriending those who tried to murder one’s father?… They cannot be pardoned,” said PM Modi in his speech in Kannauj falls in the Lok Sabha constituency represented by Akhilesh’s wife Dimple Yadav.
Recalling the incident, Modi said, “Fed up of attacks by Mulayam Singh as Leader of the Opposition in Vidhan Parishad, Congress got shots fired at him on March 4, 1984 but he scraped through…I want to tell Akhilesh that he should have remembered this incident before sitting in the lap of Congress,” the PM said.
Lashing out at Akhilesh for entering into an alliance with Congress, he said, “A film is being played on the political stage of Uttar Pradesh in which the opponents, who had attacked each other with slogans such as ’27 saal UP behal’ and taken out yatras in the first half, have turned friends after interval and have embraced each other.”
Hitting out at the Congress, Modi said the party was running a three-legged race with one leg tied to Bahujan Samaj Party and the other to Samajwadi Party.
He criticised the state government for the failing law and order situation and claimed that the Centre has taken important steps for the welfare of farmers.
“BJP manifesto promises loan waiver of small farmers…As an MP from the state, I promise that it will be my responsibility that this promise is fulfilled in the first meeting of the BJP government,” said Modi, who represents Varanasi constituency in the Lok Sabha.
“The SP government (in UP) is anti-poor…What kind of samajwad (socialism) is this? It is nothing but betrayal of poor. Scams are being reported even in orphanages in UP,” Modi said.
Speaking about demonetisation, PM Modi said that the people have hailed note ban and it was proved by BJP’s victories in Panchayat polls in Odisha, Municipal elections in Chandigarh and Gujarat and Vidhan Parishad poll in UP.
Promising to continue the fight against black money and corruption, he appealed to people of Kannuj to vote for BJP on February 19 in the third phase of polling.
(With inputs from PTI)