Janata Dal (U), which is a BJP ally in Bihar and at the Centre, on Sunday appealed to people "to teach a stern lesson" to the saffron party in Uttar Pradesh.
While campaigning for party candidate from Noida Bhopal Singh Chauhan, JD (U) president Sharad Yadav said: "We're fortunate to have parted ways with BJP in UP after 20 years."
Keeping in mind the fact that a large number of people from Bihar work and live in Noida, Yadav played the region card and reminded people of "how much development Bihar has seen under the current dispensation." He said, "Hum Bihari hain… apni pahchan banao. Bihari nahi, baanke bihari bano (we belong to Bihar. Make a name for yourself)."
Yadav said the fertile and precious land in Noida was being sold off for "petty housing needs." He said, "Sab Delhi ke paas khel khelna chahte hain (Every one wants their share of realty pie near Delhi). There is so much barren land available in the country, but nobody wants to carry out development there.
Taking a dig at Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati, he said, "The elephant (her party symbol) has gone berserk. Without a mahawat (controller) it's trampling people all over the state. Installing statues cannot usher in development and create jobs."
He said his party candidate form Jewar and jailed farmer leader Manveer Singh Tevatia would do justice to farmers.
Taking a dig at Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, he said, "Rahul says, given a chance, his party would bring UP back on track in five years and turn it around in the next five. I ask why Congress has suddenly woken up like kumbhkaran (a Ramayana character who slept for six months at a time). The party ruled the state for 40 years. What happened then. Congress could not turn the country around in five decades. It cannot do anything in a state."