UP Election 2017: Narendra Modi accuses SP of patronising 'copying mafia', harming youth

Gonda (Uttar Pradesh): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday accused the Samajwadi Party (SP) government in Uttar Pradesh of protecting and patronising the "copying mafia" in the state which was harming the future of the youth.

File image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. AFP

Prime Minister Narendra Modi. AFP

Addressing a well-attended election rally here, the Prime Minister said the mafia was not only looting poor people but was also jeopardizing the future of the young generation.

Asking Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to answer his charges on why the future of youngsters was being shattered by the copying mafia where colleges and schools were contracted to them during examinations, Modi said such a situation has to end. "When I was thinking about speaking on the issue, I must honestly admit I was slightly scared as this topic heard on television by people in other parts of the country could give ideas to anti-social elements to replicate the 'Sapa (Samajwadi Party) ka karobaar," he said as people applauded.

He also took on the Samajwadi Party (SP) on the poor law and order and said that police stations in the state had turned into offices of the ruling party. "No justice can be expected from these police stations as they are helpless as they await nod for action from SP bosses," he said.

Urging the people to uproot the corrupt government in Uttar Pradesh, Modi asked them to "end" the SP and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in the state.

Modi also claimed that the BJP had got huge support from the people in the first four phases of polling and that the writing on the wall was evident from the despondent face of Akhilesh. "You have given a stable government at the Centre by providing huge support to the BJP in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, and now you have to strengthen our hands further by voting a majority BJP government in the state," he urged.

He also spoke of the Jan Dhan Yojna and the Rupay card which he said is empowering the poor by bringing them into the banking system. Speaking of the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) on gas connection, the Prime Minister said millions of women have been benefited under the central government scheme.

"Till now 1.75 crore people have been given free gas connection and they have been saved from the hazardous smoke that choked their lungs," he said amid cheers.

Updated Date: Feb 24, 2017 15:25 PM

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