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Modi spreading hatred as UP election is slipping out of PM’s grasp: Rahul Gandhi

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Monday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of spreading hatred to gain mileage in the UP assembly elections.

assembly elections Updated: Feb 28, 2017 01:17 IST
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Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi during an election campaign in Allahabad.(PTI File Photo)

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Monday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of spreading hatred to gain mileage in the UP assembly elections.

Addressing a joint rally with chief minister Akhilesh Yadav at Champa Devi Park in Gorakhpur, Gandhi said: “Modi ji, when you saw the UP election slipping out of your grasp, you started venting your anger in order to spread hatred by talking about kabristan (graveyard) and shamshan (cremation ground).”

“But this is UP, a state known for harmony. Here, such tactics will not work. Hindu banega na Musalman banega insaan ki aulad hai insan banega,” he said in an apparent reference to the PM’s allegation about the state government discriminating in power supply during Hindu and Muslim festivals.

He asserted that the Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance will form the government in UP.

Rahul accused the PM of letting liquor baron Vijay Mallya take Rs 1,200 crore to London and waive huge loans of 50 top corporates .

Attacking PM for his promise to waive farmers’ loan, Rahul said Modi need not win the UP election for that as he was country’ s Prime Minister who could waive loans by calling a cabinet meeting and signing the required papers in just two minutes.

“Was Manmohan Singh the UP CM when he waived farmers’ loans worth Rs 70,000 crore during the UPA government?” Rahul Gandhi asked the crowd.

He also criticised the PM over failure to clean the Ganga, a promise Modi had made during 2014 Lok Sabha election.

“Modi said Maa Ganga called him. He became PM with the blessings of Ganga but didn’t do any work for it. Did he clean up the Ganga or its ghats?”Rahul Gandhi asked as the crowd replied ‘no’.

Talking about the chief minister, Gandhi said: “Akhilesh does not make promises but works .He did a lot of work in UP.”

Like his previous rallies, this time too Rahul tried to woo the youths by claiming he wanted to see growth in industries in UP which can provide more jobs to the unemployed.

“Modi didn’t fulfil his promise to provide jobs to two crore people. He talks about ‘Make in India’ but everywhere we see ‘Made in China’,” he said.

“I want a situation in which Modi visits the USA and on spotting a carpet there, he is told that it is made in UP’s Ghazipur,” Rahul Gandhi said.

“Similarly, when Akhilesh goes abroad, he will see products carrying tags like Made in Noida, Made in Amethi and Made in Gorakhpur,” Gandhi said.