As it happened: In poll-bound UP, Modi plays development card

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jun 13, 2016 19:00 IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is garlanded by party leaders during the BJP’s national executive meet in Allahabad on Sunday. (PTI)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke at a rally in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh on Monday. India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party is holding a two-day national conclave in the town of Allahabad where it is expected to firm up campaign strategies for the 2017 elections. Here are the highlights:


People have shown trust in the BJP in the recent elections.


Whatever (good) is happening in India is because of you, not because of Modi.


We have to take Uttar Pradesh forward on the road of development.


Modi gives references to Indian mythology, says it’s time for a ‘vikas ka yagna (loosely translated as development drive)’ in Uttar Pradesh. He says that needs ‘aahuti (sacrifice)’ of vices such as casteism, communalism.


Uttar Pradesh is facing problems due to nepotism, casteism, growing criminal activities, and a ‘vikas ‘yagna’ will remove these evils, Modi says, in an apparent dig at the state’s ruling Samajwadi Party.


We don’t want the youngsters to face the hardship their parents had to face.


There is only one solution to all the problems and that is development.


How can the youth of India get employment opportunities if development does not take place? Modi asks.


The PM says the ruling SP and the opposition BSP engage in a blame game, but they have never act against each other. He alleges that there seems to be an understanding between the two parties.


When Kalyan Singhji and Rajnath Singhji (previous BJP CMs) served Uttar Pradesh, the state saw development.


For the first time after independence, the most farmer-friendly crop insurance scheme was initiated by our government, says PM Modi.


Uttar Pradesh receives Rs 1 lakh crore from the Centre, don’t know if it reaches the people here


Modi chants ‘Bharat Mata ki Jaai’ as the huge crowd joins him. The PM concludes his speech, drawing curtains on the BJP conclave.

Battleground UP

The BJP is expected to hard-sell the good works of the Modi government at the Centre and the alleged failures of the Akhilesh Yadav government to return to power in Uttar Pradesh after a gap of 14 years.

It has decided that the weapons for its poll offensive for forthcoming elections in five states, including UP, will be: Good governance, development and employment generation.

The BJP fared exceptionally well in Uttar Pradesh in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, winning 71 of the 80 seats in the politically crucial state.

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