Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a rally in Uttar Pradesh’s Bijnor on Friday, launching a tirade of attacks on the ruling Samajwadi Party and its alliance partner Congress ahead of assembly elections.
Modi was speaking a day after taking a dig at the opposition for criticising the government’s demonetisation move, saying that some people have problem with his fight against black money and corruption.
The 403 constituencies of Uttar Pradesh will vote in seven phases, starting February 11. Votes will be counted on March 11 for all the five state going to polls this year.
Here are the highlights of his speech:
• “I ask you to opt for the Lotus in the upcoming UP elections.”
People of UP do not deserve an inefficient state government that does not work for their well being: Modi
• “The Centre gives money to states for food security... The UP government is not taking capital worth Rs 750 crore to provide food to the poor and hungry. Should such a government come back to power?”
• Modi cites figures to attack the Akhilesh Yadav government: “How can Haryana buy 60% wheat from its allotment from the Centre but Uttar Pradesh -- the agricultural bowl of India -- procures only 3%.”
“What has the UP government done in 5 years of its rule?”
• PM invokes the memory of former prime minister Chaudhary Charan Singh who worked for the farmers. “I will dedicate Rs 800 crore for the Chaudhary Charan Singh farmers’ initiative in every district of UP.”
• Modi promises Bharatiya Janata Party will help the sugarcane farmers hit by debts. He vows the government in Uttar Pradesh will waive all farmers’ debts if the BJP comes to power.
“Among our first priorities in UP would be to give justice to the sugarcane farmers.”
The Prime Minister’s address shows the BJP’s shift towards the rural and agricultural sector of India. The government has been accused by critics of being pro-corporates.
• Modi now turns his attack to the Congress-SP poll alliance, saying: Two families have come together to destroy this state. One destroyed the country for for 70 years and the other in Uttar Pradesh. UP has to be saved from these two families.
Modi-led Centre has been embroiled in a bitter war of words with Opposition Congress over the Prime Minister’s statements about former PM Manmohan Singh in Parliament this week.
• PM launches a direct attack on Azam Khan for his involvement in corruption cases. “There is no place left which the Akhilesh government hasn’t looted.”
• This is a family that has played caste politics but even the caste has benefitted from it, says Modi about the ruling Samajwadi Party.
“There is no law and maintenance left in Uttar Pradesh.”
• Modi speaks about women’s issues. He says women are not allowed to get out of their homes in UP, not just at night, but even during the day. The Prime Minister gives the examples of Badaun rapes and slams the ruling Samajwadi Party leaders for making insensitive comments.
Modi goes on to criticise SP for combining family with politics. “Can such a family protect the women of UP?”
What were SP leaders saying after unfortunate instances of rape in the state? And then the CM also blamed the media: PM @narendramodi— narendramodi_in (@narendramodi_in) February 10, 2017
• When I was coming I could see so much traffic. People are coming with great enthusiasm
Ahead of assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh on Feb 11, Modi questions: “Can the UP government serve the Imandar (honest) citizens of the state? Can it fulfil aspirations of the youth? Can it ensure safety of women?...”
• Modi claims BJP workers are being arrested in every Assembly segment for no fault of theirs.
• “Should governments run like this? Should the law be misused against political opponents?”
• Surveying the crowd, Modi says: “I can see this ground is small for the people gathered. So many people have joined us. Many have not even been able to enter the Maidan.”
• “Today, we pay our tributes to Sant Ravidas Ji.”