UP Election 2017: In Bijnor, Narendra Modi ridicules Rahul Gandhi, dubs Akhilesh Yadav govt inefficient

Prime Minister Narendra Modi ridiculed the ruling Samajwadi Party for forming an alliance with the Congress for the Uttar Pradesh Assembly election that begins on Saturday, calling it inefficient and anti-farmers and termed the alliance a gathering of corrupt families.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi. PTI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi. PTI

Addressing a rally a day before Uttar Pradesh goes to the polls for the first phase, Modi accused the Akhilesh Yadav government of abusing power to stifle the Opposition and vowed to take action if the Bharatiya Janata Party is elected to power in the state.

Without taking names, Modi ridiculed Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi for his "childish acts", and Akhilesh for forming an alliance with the Congress.

"There is this Congress leader known for his childish acts. If you search on Google, you will see the number of jokes at his expense. No other leader is the target of as many jokes as this Congress leader," said Modi, triggering laughter in the crowd, "Because of his acts, even senior Congress leaders prefer to maintain distance from him. But Akhilesh, you embraced him. Now I sincerely doubt your wisdom."

"Having realised that the lotus (BJP election symbol) will be blooming everywhere in Uttar Pradesh, the Congress and the Samajwadi Party, which have been fighting as recently as a month ago, are now cosying up to each other. Such is their desperation," he said.

Modi also called the Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance a meeting of "two corrupt families" adding that the family has established a control on Uttar Pradesh politics and need to be thrown out of the state. he said:

Modi made several announcements including creating a Chaudhary Charan Singh Welfare Fund of Rs 800 crore and forgoing loans of small farmers.

In a flurry of allegations, Modi also said that the Uttar Pradesh government has failed to meet the needs of the people, and was often involved in anti-people policies including forcing sugar cane farmers to buy crop loans even when not needed.

"What is the need of a government which cannot secure the future of the youth or protect the interests of the farmers? Throw out this government which has never worked for the welfare of the oppressed and exploited," he said. He also said how the Samajwadi Party government knowingly failed to help the people even though the central government released fund to the state:

Modi also attacked the Akhilesh government on a host of other issues including law and order situation, particularly women's security, and called upon the people to oust a government which was not sensitive to their needs.

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Updated Date: Feb 10, 2017 15:23:07 IST

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