Samajwadi Party (SP) president Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday hit back at Narendra Modi for his remark that the SP has allowed the Congress to sit on its lap, saying more parties have been accommodated in the Prime Minister’s lap.
“Modiji says we have allowed the Congress to sit on our lap. But, his lap is comparatively bigger. Hence, he has been able to give sitting space to a number of coalition partners,” the Uttar Pradesh chief minister said at one of his five election rallies in Deoria.
Akhilesh once again challenged the Prime Minister to a debate on development works carried out by his government in the state over five years and the Modi government at the Centre in three years.
“We have run ambulances, distributed laptops and will distribute smartphones. We have launched Dial 100 and several other schemes and services. Tell me even a single work of yours,” Akhilesh asked Modi.
Attacking the BJP over corruption, he said: “They talk about corruption. The BJP and RSS leaders are camping in Varanasi. They are enjoying kachauri and pakora (snacks) by buying them with black money. You can catch them easily,” he said.
He reiterated that the bicycle, his party’s poll symbol, will pick up pace due to its alliance with the Congress.
“This isn’t an alliance between two clans but a pact between two youths. This is an alliance to take UP forward on the development track,” he said, referring to Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi.
Akhilesh also said the BJP had started talking about a hung house after it realised that people did not support it in the first five phases of the seven-phase assembly election.
Akhilesh’s comments came on a day when Modi, at a rally in Maharajganj, sought bonus votes for his party which, he claimed, had already emerged victorious.
Akhilesh once again cautioned voters, especially Muslims, against voting for the BSP due to the possibility of a post-poll alliance between the BJP and Mayawati.
The SP chief, a critic of demonetisation, said many people died while queuing up at banks and ATMs due to the surprise recall of high value notes on November 8.
“The PM did not bother about families of those among the poor who lost their lives in queues and ATMs. It is the Samajwadis (socialists) who extended monetary help to relatives of those who died. We also extended monetary help to the woman who delivered a baby in a bank queue.”
(With PTI inputs)