Knives are out as campaigning for the Uttar Pradesh elections reaches a fever pitch with slogans emerging from the political battlefield ranging from whacky and acerbic to sharp attcks. Here’s a sample of what top leaders of the Samajwadi Party, Congress, BJP and Bahujan Samaj Party have been saying against one another:
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Mayawati: The BSP should be called the “Behnji Sampati Party” (Mayawati’s Assets Party).
Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati: “Narendra Damodardas Modi means “Mr.Negative and a Dalit opponent”.
Akhilesh Yadav on Modi: “Blood pressure of BJP leaders has risen sharply. By the time the elections get over, they will be hospitalised”.
Rahul Gandhi on Modi: “After showing Achhe Din to the people, he (PM) is acting like Gabbar Singh of Sholay and says he wants to fight corruption and turned your hard earned money into paper. Now people will take revenge”.
Modi on Akhilesh’s claim of development: “I’ll go to Lucknow to take a ride with Akhilesh on the metro. Let’s see if it runs” – mocking the SP slogan of “Kaam Bolta Hai” (Work Speaks).
Rahul Gandhi on Modi: “We threw out trash, Modi took the tainted leaders into the BJP”.
Modi on Rahul: “Mein Congress ke logon se kehta hoon: jabaan sambhaal kar rakho, warna mere paas aapki poori janampatri padi hui hai(hold your tongue, I have your entire horoscope).
Rahul on Modi: “You are the prime minister for over past two years...You can take out the janmapatri of Congress and go ahead with it.”
Modi on Rahul: “He (Rahul) is the most joked about person on Google”.
Rahul on Modi: “He likes to search Google and he can do so in his past time...but he has failed in his functions as PM...he will get a jolt from the results of these elections.”
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Modi: “Uttar Pradesh does not need an outsider as an adopted son.
Modi on Akhilesh government: Discrimination is the biggest problem of UP. Brothers and sisters, if a ‘Kabristaan’ is constructed in a village, then the ‘shamshan ghat‘should also be set up in the village. If one gets electricity during Ramzan, then one should get electricity in Diwali also. If one gets electricity during Holi, then one should get it during Eid also”
Akhilesh’s indirect barb against Modi and Amit Shah: Amitabh Bachchan should stop advertising for the donkeys of Gujarat – referring to a Gujarat Tourism promotional advertisement featuring the actor, with several donkeys in the background.
Amit Shah on Akhilesh and Rahul: “The two “Shehzaades” (Princes) – Akhilesh and Rahul – are not interested in development. They have only looted the states in which they have been in power”.