The Gujarat CM finally concluded his speech reciting a poem speaking about his will to make the country corruption-free and empower the aam-aadmi (common man).
Mulayam Singh accepted defeat, says Modi:
Slamming former UP CM and Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, who is also known as Netaji, Modi claimed that he has already accepted his defeat. Mulayam Singh, who addressed a rally in the state on Sunday, asked Modi not to compete with him by showing the number of people gathered at their respective rallies.
Raising question over Mulayam Singh's statement, Modi asked why he did not deliver good governance in Uttar Pradesh. Mulayam, who attacked Modi over 2002 Gujarat riots, has been slammed for several riots and law and order situations under his son Akhilesh Yadav's government in past one year.
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Modi wishes young students appearing for board exam:
BJP PM candidate began his speech and wished those young students of the state who are appearing for board exam staring tomorrow.
Lauding the then prime minister Atal Bihari Vajapyee, Modi explained why Lucknow holds a special place in his heart. He said people of the city are lucky to get one leader like Vajpayee. However, he also expressed grief as Lucknow has been losing its old charm as the city has been filled with goons and corrupt people under the present state government's rule.
Rajnath Singh welcomes ex-UP CM Kalyan Singh who joins BJP:
Rajnath Singh also welcomed former CM of Uttar Pradesh Kalyan Singh who joined BJP on Sunday.
Singh, independent MP from Etah, resigned from the Lok Sabha. He said the Congress' attempt to make the general elections a "fight between Secularism and Communalism had failed."
Rajnath Singh dares foreign countries ahead of poll:
After VK Singh, Murli Manohar Joshi and many other state BJP leaders, Rajnath Singh addressed the rally in Lucknow. During his speech, he slammed those political parties, who want form third front, asserting that those parties had failed to work for their respective states where they were in power.
Rajnath also claimed that foreign countries will not dare to attack India if BJP comes to power after Lok Sabha election which is due by May 2014.
Who all are attending Modi's rally in Lucknow:
Former Indian Army chief VK Singh, who joined BJP yesterday, senior party leader Murli Manohar Joshi, BJP President Rajnath Singh, Modi's right hand Amit Shah are present at the rally.
At least 15 lakh people are expected to attend the meet in Lucknow. Amit Shah had informed that it will be the end of first phase campaign of BJP for Lok Sabha election which is due by May 2014.
Narendra Modi to reach Lucknow shortly:
BJP PM candidate Narendra Modi is expecting to reach Lucknow shortly. He will address BJP's Vijay Sankalp rally at the Ramabai Ambedkar Ground on Sunday, March 2.
This would be Modi's 8th rally in the state after his anointment as the prime ministerial candidate of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Party's first phase of campaigning for Lok Sabha election would come to an end with this Lucknow rally.