Mocking the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Samajwadi Party for joining hands against the Bharatiya Janata Party, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday urged the people of Uttar Pradesh to rise above the caste lines and vote for development. He said the development in the state had come to standstill since the BJP left reins of the state 14-years ago
Have you ever seen BSP and SP together? When BSP says sun is rising, SP will say sun is setting. But both agree on 'Modi hatao': PM Modi— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) January 2, 2017
Mudda 14 saal ke vanvaas ka nahin, 14 saal ke liye Uttar Pradesh mein vikaas ka vanvaas ho gaya hai: PM Narendra Modi pic.twitter.com/mAYPtVCJcM— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) January 2, 2017
Addressing a parivartan rally in Lucknow, Modi said transforming Uttar Pradesh is a prerequisite to transforming the nation.
Hindustan ka bhagya badalne ke liye pehli shart hai ki humein Uttar Pradesh ka bhaagya badalna padega: PM Modi pic.twitter.com/1KfgUQO3FN— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) January 2, 2017
Invoking the legacy of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who hailed from Lucknow, Modi said successive parties that ruled UP had failed to develop the state. "Sadly, development is not a priority for the rulers here," he said.
Taking a dig at the Congress party, the prime minister said BJP does not have 'high command' like some other parties have.
Speaking at the same rally earlier, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said people of UP do not want a party that is bickering within themselves.
"SP, BSP aur Congress dare hue hain. Gathbandhan ke jugaad mein lage hue hain (SP, BSP and Congress are scared and looking for alliances)," Singh said.
BJP president Amit Shah said parties in UP were resorting to natak (drama) to distract people from real issues. Shah said opposition was not able to make a single allegation of corruption since the BJP came to power at the centre.