Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday accused UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav of not fulfilling the promises made by his father, Samajwadi Party (SP) patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav.
Addressing a poll rally in Mirzapur, he said: “Mulayam Singh Yadav, the then chief minister of UP, had laid the foundation of a bridge on the Ganga in Bhatauli, Mirzapur.”
“The bridge would have been constructed in these many years?” Modi asked.
When the crowd said, “no,” the PM remarked, “If the bridge has not been constructed, then ‘kaam bol raha hai, yaa karnama’ (Then, is it an example of work speaking for itself or a misdeed?” ‘Kaam bolta hai’ is the Samajwadi Party’s campaign slogan.
He also said, “Mulayam Singh laid the foundation of another bridge in Chunar. Has the bridge been constructed?” The crowd’s response was a loud ‘no’.
“In our country, if the father makes a promise, even the poorest man fulfils it, even if he has to take a loan. There are people who talk of kaam (work). They, however, have not completed the promises and wishes of their father. What will they do for the public, when they couldn’t fulfil promises of the father?” Modi said.
Had the bridges been near Saifai and if statues were to be erected, these projects would not have been pending.
He appealed to the people to punish political parties ignoring development of Mirzapur and asked whether they were making a bridge or Taj Mahal.
Had locals been asked to build the bridges, they would have done so in these many years, he said.
Referring to a war of words on electricity supply in the state, he said: “Akhilesh has dared me to touch electric wire to find out whether power is really there or not. His new friend Rahul Gandhi during his khaat sabha at Madihan in Mirzapur, however, had touched the wire and told his party leader Ghulam Nabi Azad that there was nothing to worry as there is no power in the line.”
“This is the acceptance of your new friend. Do I need touch the wires any more? ... Akhileshji now people have spread such a current that will give shocks to SP, BSP and Congress on March 11 (when votes are counted),” the PM said.
Attacking BSP chief Mayawati, Modi said she had taken stones from here for construction of her statues but when inquiry started, she said the stones were from Rajasthan.
“You tell me why she has so much hatred even for stones of Mirzapur. Why such people should be voted by you at all?” he asked.
He asked people to ensure that the SP, the BSP and the Congress were wiped out from the district and no candidate of these parties made it to the Vidhan Sabha.
Modi said during Rahul’s “khaat sabha” people had taken away “khats” as they knew the cots belonged to them and now the same people will ensure the defeat of the Congress.
Alleging that the rate for every job is fixed in UP, Modi said, “If you want to lodge a police complaint or even if you don’t want to get it lodged at a police station, it’s fixed as to how much you have to give. Similarly for getting pensions, jobs and ration cards too, the rates are fixed.”
Citing poet Ashok Chakradhar’s poem on different types of corruption, Modi said the only remedy for this is to defeat the corrupt.
“If you want to get rid of this, you have to defeat the SP, the BSP and the Congress,” he said.
(WITH PTI INPUTS)