Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav slammed the Congress on its home turf on Tuesday, claiming on the eve of the third phase of UP polls that his party would form the government with a majority.
“Under no circumstances will the SP join hands with the Congress. Anyway, they will not come close to making the government. We will not repeat mistakes,” the SP state president said at rallies in five assembly seats of Rae Bareli, the Lok Sabha constituency of Congress president Sonia Gandhi.
Yadav’s attack came even as the Congress chief and her daughter, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, made their first joint appearance during campaigning in the area.
Without naming Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi, Yadav said, “I often read that a big Congress leader slept in farmers’ huts, had food and listened to their songs too. But he did nothing to reciprocate poor people’s hospitality.”
He said the Congress leaders targeting the SP over its aversion to computers — prior to the SP’s recent volte-face — should tell people how much computerisation they had done in Rae Bareli and Amethi (Rahul Gandhi’s Lok Sabha constituency).
Yadav also attacked the ruling Bahujan Samaj Party, using the election commission’s orders on covering up of statues. “The BSP’s elephants (poll symbols) have been covered with yellow tarpaulin. Yellow indicates jaundice. The BSP government has turned very ill.”
He added, “Mayawati ji’s (UP chief minister) statues have been encased in wood. When do you encase a person in wood?”