Lucknow, Feb 15: These days, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is relentlessly campaigning for the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. On Wednesday, he attended a poll rally in Kannauj, UP. Once again he trained his guns on the newly formed Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance.
Attacking the ruling SP government in the state, PM Modi said that UP was 'down' everywhere. "English mei 'UP' ka matlab 'up' hota hai lekin aaj UP mei kahin up nazar nahi aata, sab down nazar aata hai (In English, 'UP' means 'up', but today, 'UP' is 'down' everywhere)," said the Prime Minister.
He told people attending the rally that the state was suffering from massive corruption. "Earlier bribes used to be taken for class III and IV jobs. We've done away with interview processes and this has put a check on corruption."
Commenting on the SP-Congress alliance, PM Modi said that Akhilesh Yadav has tied-up with the same party that once attacked his father Mulayam Singh Yadav. "Does Akhilesh ji even recall that the Congress attacked Mulayam Singh ji back in 1984? And he has allied with them only." "Akhilesh is not so experienced. The Congress is very cunning and Mulayam Ji knows it well," he added.
He said there is a 'silent' pact between the SP, Congress and Bahujan Samaj Party.
The PM said that the Bharatiya Janata Party is committed to the welfare of the farmers and poor in the state. "We are committed to the welfare of farmers in UP. Our government would waive-off loans of small farmers, if voted to power."
He added that the Congress leaders during their election rallies promised to build potato factories. "But they don't know that potatoes grow in fields, not factories."
The PM questioned the integrity of the SP government and their commitment towards empowering the poor. "Schools in UP do not have teachers in adequate numbers. Is this the way to empower the poor of India?" he asked. "I don't own a single car but these people who call themselves socialists, have many expensive cars."
The PM asked the voters if the present government represents the poor of the state
"Working for the poor, Dalits, marginalised and underprivileged is my government's first responsibility."
Rubbishing the accusation of the Opposition that because of demonetisation people suffered a lot, the PM said post note ban the BJP has won elections in Odisha, Chandigarh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.