A politically-charged Sunday is lined up in Uttar Pradesh, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and Bahujan Samaj party (BSP) leader Mayawati, all expected to hold rallies in the state as the first phase of the assembly elections draws closer.
A joint rally will be held by the CM and Rahul Gandhi at Kanpur.
Mayawati, while addressing a rally in Bareilly on Saturday, continued to train her guns on the Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance and stressed that it is a tainted alliance. She also said that the BJP would not dare to project any face for chief ministership while Samajwadi Party has projected ‘tainted’ Akhilesh Yadav again.
Addressing another meeting in Firozabad, Mayawati listed achievements under her tenure, saying that in the Samajwadi Party regime more criminal activities were recorded than development works.
BJP president Amit Shah, who is also campaigning in the state, addressed a public meeting in Firozabad on Saturday, where he promised that the rule of law will be established in the state. Praising action taken by Prime Minister on several fronts including on national security, he said government is working on inclusive development for all.
Later in the day, addressing a meeting in Agra, home minister Rajnath Singh claimed that Samajwadi Party’s government’s claims on development are not true, adding that the state GDP has decreased from 5.6 to 3.6% in last five years.
Addressing a rally in Auraiya, chief minister Akhilesh Yadav said the welfare and development work has just begun in the state and Samajwadi government will take it further in the coming years.
He listed his landmark projects and claimed that they were completed in short time.
At his first election rally in Uttar Pradesh since polls were announced, Modi on Saturday attacked the Samajwadi Party and Congress, saying “the corrupt” had joined hands to bring him down.