On their third road-show after striking a keenly watched alliance, it is Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the performance of Central government, which is the clear focus of Rahul-Akhilesh campaign. Retaliating back at Modi’s ‘SCAM’ jibe, Rahul Gandhi alleged that Modi himself is in “wrong”, while Akhilesh said the acronym stood for “save country from Amit Shah and Modi”.
“Whenever Modi is nervous, he starts giving labels PPE, ABC, DEF, GHY. Now this SCAM…. A person, who is in the wrong, sees scam everywhere because this is his reality,” Rahul Gandhi said addressing crowds at Kanpur.
Adding that the Congress-Samajwadi alliance in the state had made Modi jittery, he urged voters to ensure that the outcome of Bihar election is repeated, where BJP was trounced by a coalition led by Nitish Kumar.
Referring to Modi’s ‘SCAM’ jibe, the Congress party vice president further said, “S infact stands for ‘service’, C for ‘courage’, A for ‘ability’ and M for ‘modesty’”.
Last week, while addressing a rally in Uttar Pradesh, targeting his opponents, the Prime Minister had said, “… people of Uttar Pradesh to need to rid the state of SCAM – S for Samajwadi (party), C for Congress, A for Akhilesh (Yadav) and M for Mayawati”.
Joining the issue with Rahul Gandhi, Akhilesh Yadav too hit back at the jibe saying, “SCAM means ‘save the country from Amit Shah and Modi’”.
Alleging that the BJP and its government at the Centre has given nothing to the people but false promises in its tenure, he claimed that Samajwadi Party had delivered in Uttar Pradesh. “For the last three years, BJP is only making promises and has done nothing for the people,” Akhilesh said.
During the road-show, Rahul Gandhi once against criticised Modi government’s demonetisation move charging that the move has “hurt” poor people the most.
“Do not raise these slogans (denouncing Modi) but vote for Congress-SP alliance and ensure that Modi never utters the name of Uttar Pradesh again, like he forgot to say Bihar after the Assembly elections there”, he said, adding Modi is “afraid of the youths, who will give a befitting response to him in UP elections as he gave the slogan of Make in India, made promises, but provided no jobs”.
Yadav too raised the note ban issue, saying BJP should tell the country how much blackmoney has been unearthed.
“No blackmoney has returned, but people have died while standing in queues outside banks and ATMs. We gave Rs two lakh to families of these victims but the Centre did nothing,” he said.
Hailing the Congress-SP tie-up, Akhilesh said, “A true friend is one who is big hearted. If you befriend a mean person, you will only suffer. We had an alliance with the Congress because both of us are large hearted. We are confident of forming a government in the state to complete the work left unfinished.”
(With inputs from the PTI)