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Rise above caste politics, vote for development: PM Modi tells UP ahead of polls

india Updated: Jan 02, 2017 20:07 IST
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other senior BJP leaders wave to the crowd during their Parivartan Rally at Ramabai Ambedkar ground in Lucknow.(Ashok Dutta/HT Photo)

Urging people of Uttar Pradesh to rise above caste considerations in the upcoming Assembly polls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday attacked rival parties and said that those occupied with saving black money cannot bring development to the state.

“People of the state have already seen politics of caste and family... For once, rise above caste and vote only for development in the elections and see whether UP changes or not,” Modi said in his speech.

Targeting Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Samajwadi Party (SP), the PM said the two never see eye-to-eye on any issue but are now together demanding his removal as he works to root out black money.

“Have you ever seen SP and BSP together.. if SP says it is sunrise, the BSP will say it is sunset. After so many years both have come together on an issue and are saying ‘Modi ko badlo’ (change Modi), ‘Modi ko hatao’ (remove Modi) but Modi is saying change your notes, remove black money,” he said at party’s mahaparivartan rally here.

The Prime Minister also took a swipe at Congress saying, “There are some parties which are nowhere in picture. There is one party which has been trying in vain for the last 15 years to establish the son.”

There is another party “whose worry is where to keep money. It is looking for banks far and wide,” the PM said in an apparent swipe at Mayawati-led BSP, which has come under scanner for alleged huge bank deposits post demonetisation.

“There is this third party which is using all its strength to focus on the family’s fate,” he said referring to the feud in Mulayam Singh Yadav’s clan.

“People of UP have to decide if a party whose leaders are busy saving their money will be able to save UP. Or the party that is occupied in family (infighting) will be able to save UP.”

“Somebody has to save money, somebody has to save family but it is only us who are here to save UP,” the Prime Minister said.

He also came down heavily on Samajwadi Party government in the state, alleging that it was doing politics at the cost of development and has no time to procure paddy from farmers despite the Centre’s support.

Elated over the turnout at the rally, he said not just BJP, but the state’s development had been “exiled” for 14 years and the situation will change soon.