Modi to UP voters: Repeat 2014 history of voting for BJP

Meerut: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday asked the people to vote for the BJP and repeat the history that voters in Uttar Pradesh, which sends the largest number of 80 MPs to the Lok Sabha, created by helping him win the 2014 elections and form the government at the centre.

File image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Agencies

File image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Agencies

Addressing a Parivartan Rally, Modi said he had tried to do whatever he could for the development of Uttar Pradesh but still a lot remained to be done.

"But for the development to happen, you will have to remove the state governments that scuttle development. Otherwise, howsoever hard I try to help Uttar Pradesh, the funds from Delhi will be stopped at Lucknow," Modi said.

Modi said the central government gave Rs 4,000 crore to the state government in 2014-15 to spend on improving healthcare services but the state government "failed to spend even Rs 2,500 crore" of the amount.

"And they are not even willing to give the details of where they spent the money," Modi said.

"When I took the decision to demonetise high-value currency notes, I knew that people who have stashed black money will gang up and bay for my blood. But I knew the people of this country are behind me," he said as the audience cheered.

He asked the people to seek answers from the Congress on how come Rs 140 crore was found stashed at the residence of a Karnataka minister.  "I am not going to stop; neither will I bow to such forces. I am Modi... I will not rest until each and every penny looted from the people of this country is accounted for," he said.

Modi also took potshots at the Bahujan Samaj Party, saying that people who had sold tickets and stashed money in rooms had lost it all (due to demonetisation). "I assure you that no matter who gangs up against me — whatever alliances are formed — no one can shake me from my resolve to make this country corruption-free" the Prime Minister said amid shouts of 'Modi Modi'.

The BJP won 71 Lok Sabha seats from the state in the 2014 polls. The party has only 40 lawmakers in the 404-member assembly (one member is nominated), where BJP has not been voted to power in the last 12 years.


Published Date: Feb 04, 2017 04:01 pm | Updated Date: Feb 04, 2017 04:46 pm


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