A day after Akhilesh Yadav’s ‘kaam ki baat’ jibe at him, Prime Minister Narendra Modi hit back on Monday, saying the Uttar Pradesh chief minister could not see the work done by the Centre as he is “blinded by absolute power”.
Addressing an election rally in Lakhimpur, which goes to polls on February 15, he asked the Samajwadi Party government to give an account of the work done in the past five years.
Reminding Akhilesh that he had “promised to probe scams that took place in the previous BSP regime”, Modi asked, “Why did you shelve probe into scams during Mayawati’s regime? What have you got for this?”
In a swipe at the chief minister for having inaugurated the ongoing metro rail project in Lucknow, the PM indicated the project was unfinished and said “this eyewash will not serve any purpose”. He asked Akhilesh to accompany him to Lucknow and take a ride in the same metro he (Akhilesh Yadav) inaugurated.
Ridiculing the SP’s ‘kaam bolta hai’ slogan, Modi asked Akhilesh to visit the Medanta hospital in Lucknow with him for a blood pressure check. He said, “Without any doctor in the hospital, Akhilesh Yadav claimed ‘kaam bolta hai’.”
Claiming that the law and order situation in UP was poor, the PM said, “12 to 15 rapes take place in UP, 12 to 17 murders are committed and goons are running gangs from behind bars.”
He ridiculed the alliance between the SP and the Congress and termed it “an insult to (socialist icons) Dr Ram Manohar Lohia and Jayaprakash Narayan”. “During the 2014 polls, Akhilesh Yadav had enough time to guess the public mood when UP people gave all seats to BJP, barring a few won by two families,” the PM said.
“Despite this, he failed to improve and when the 2017 polls indicated adverse results, he opted to join hands with Congress. Fearing a rout in the first phase of polling, Akhilesh and Rahul Gandhi came with their third manifesto,” Modi added.