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UP election: Donkey, Kasab, kabootar jibes mark the end of Phase 5 campaigning

The campaign for the fifth phase of the crucial Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, which touched a new low by a free flow of scornful words like “donkey, Kasab and kabootar”, came to a close this evening.

assembly elections Updated: Mar 06, 2017 06:52 IST
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Combination image of Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BSP chief Mayawati.(Agencies)

The campaign for the fifth phase of the crucial Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, which touched a new low by a free flow of scornful words like “donkey, Kasab and kabootar”, came to a close this evening.

A total of 51 constituencies, spread over 11 districts of eastern Uttar Pradesh, will go to polls on February 27 under this phase.

The political campaigning in the fifth phase of the state polls was marked by ‘war of words’ among rival parties.

At his rally in Bahraich, Prime Minister Narendra Modi hit back at Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav for his “donkey” remark, asking him if he was afraid of the four-footed creatures of Gujarat.

“I take inspiration from the donkey because I work for people day and night...donkeys are loyal to their master,” he had said on Thursday to counter the SP chief’s reference to donkeys of Gujarat at a poll meeting earlier in Rae Bareli.

“It works even if it is ill, hungry or tired and completes the task... Akhilesh ji, these 125 crore countrymen are my masters...I do all the work they ask me to do as I take inspiration from donkeys and take it with full pride,” he said.

The Prime Minister’s reaction came as the UP CM advised Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan “not to advertise for the donkeys of Gujarat”.

Akhilesh was referring to an advertisement in which Bachchan, the brand ambassador of Gujarat Tourism, is seen inviting tourists to visit the wild ass Sanctuary located in Little Rann of Kutch in the state.

As if the “donkey” remark was not enough, BSP supremo Mayawati hit back at BJP president Amit Shah after he used the acronym “KASAB” for Congress, SP and BSP, saying, “there cannot be a bigger Kasab than him”.

She also dubbed Shah a “terrorist”.

“Aaj apney desh mein Amit Shah se bada yehan koi aur Kasab nahin ho sakta hai, arthat atanki nahin ho sakta hai (There cannot be a bigger Kasab than Amit Shah, there is no other terrorist),” she said after Shah coined the acronym that referred to the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack perpetrator.

Akhilesh also hit out at the BJP chief for his ‘KASAB’ barb, saying “KA” actually stood for “kabutar” (pigeon) and people will set BJP’s pigeons free this election.

Shah had said, “Until Uttar Pradesh gets rid of K-A-S-A-B, there will be no development in the state. Ka (in Hindi) is for Congress, Sa for Samajwadi Party and Ba for BSP.”