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UP polls: People will teach BJP a lesson for note ban, says Akhilesh

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his government’s demonetisation drive, saying people will take revenge on the BJP for the hardship they were forced to undergo.

assembly elections Updated: Feb 26, 2017 20:42 IST
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Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav wave to supporters at an election rally in Jhansi on Sunday.
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav wave to supporters at an election rally in Jhansi on Sunday.(PTI)

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his government’s demonetisation drive, saying people will take revenge on the BJP for the hardship they were forced to undergo.

Campaigning in Bundelkhand region for the fourth phase of the assembly elections, the two leaders said BJP leaders would have to get their “blood pressure” checked after the third and fourth phases of polling.

“The BJP has put the common man in queues for their own money. They will now queue up against the BJP in the elections,” the Samajwadi Party (SP) chief said at a joint rally in Jhansi with Gandhi by his side.

Results of the assembly elections in the country’s most populous and politically crucial state will be a verdict on Modi-led NDA government’s decision to recall 86% of the cash in circulation. The BJP hailed the move as a bold step to cleanse the economy of illegal income, but the opposition said the exercise caused hardship to the common man.

Akhilesh asked when Modi would do “kaam ki baat” (talk about work) rather than Mann ki Baat, the Prime Minister’s monthly radio talk show.

Gandhi rubbed it in, saying the PM’s “mood has changed and smile has vanished from his face” after The Congress joined hands with Akhilesh.

He said the SP-Congress alliance would form the government in UP. “After the Bihar elections, the PM did not utter a word on the state. Similarly, after the UP elections, he will forget UP till 2019.”

Taking a dig at the PM for his promise of ‘achche din’ (better days), the Congress scion said, “After showing a film of ‘achche din’ to people, now he (Modi) 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.”

Referring to the PM’s recent remark that he was the adopted son of UP, Rahul said it would not make any impact. “I have your (Modi’s) list of promises and you haven’t fulfilled any one of them.”

Meanwhile, trying to strike an emotional chord with the people of Bundelkhand, Akhilesh reminded them of the “empty water train sent for them by the Centre during drought”. He claimed the state government had come to their rescue. The region had witnessed severe drought last year.

Akhilesh also attacked Mayawati and cautioned people not to vote for the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) as it had joined hands with the BJP earlier.

Rahul said that after his 30-day Kisan Yatra, he demanded of the Prime Minister to waive off loans of farmers, but Modi kept mum then.

“Now he is saying let the BJP win and he will get the farmers’ loans waived off. Modiji you are PM, call a cabinet meeting and waive off the loans. For this, you don’t need to win elections,” he said.

(With agency inputs)