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As it happened: UP must break free from ‘goonda raj’, says Modi in phone address

It is the PM’s fifth Parivartan rally in Uttar Pradesh. He has earlier addressed mammoth rallies at Ghazipur, Agra, Kushinagar and Moradabad.

india Updated: Dec 11, 2016 15:41 IST
This will be PM Modi’s fifth Parivartan rally in Uttar Pradesh.
This will be PM Modi’s fifth Parivartan rally in Uttar Pradesh.(AP file)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a ‘Parivartan’ rally organised by the BJP in Uttar Pradesh’s Bahraich via phone his helicopter failed to land there due to poor visibility on Sunday afternoon.

This is the PM’s third visit to Bahraich. He was the BJP national general secretary when he had first visited the district in 2001. He made a second trip in November 2013.

It was supposed to be the PM’s fifth Parivartan rally in Uttar Pradesh post-demonetisation. He has earlier addressed mammoth rallies at Ghazipur, Agra, Kushinagar and Moradabad. His next rally is scheduled in Kanpur on December 19.

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3.30 pm: UP BJP chief Keshav Prasad Maurya says the party will work out fresh dates for another rally in Bahraich that the Prime Minister can attend.

3.25 pm: Akin to the address he delivered on Saturday at Dessa in Gujarat, Modi says his government is devoted to the welfare of the poor. He concludes his brief speech by vowing to “win the war against the corrupt.”

He also says that Uttar Pradesh needs to “break free from goondaraj” to be able to progress.

3.20 pm: Prime Minister Modi brings up demonetisation, says the opposition is trying to “crush truth and honesty” and that he is being attacked by the Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party over the currency ban.

“The people of UP know that the Parliament is not being allowed to function by political rivals.”

3.15 pm: Unable to land due to the dense fog, PM Modi speaks to the people in Bahraich via phone.