Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Saturday steered clear of monotony by raising border issues at his assembly election rallies in Uttar Pradesh's Deoria and Kushinagar districts.
Charging the UPA government with not being serious about protecting India's borders, Yadav said: "A few days ago, Chinese troops reportedly intruded into Indian territory and returned, but the Central government was least bothered."
Yadav was India's defence minister between June 1996 and March 1998 in the United Front government.
"When I was the defence minister, I had announced that we would not initiate an attack on any country, but at the same time would harshly repel any attempt of breach of our borders," he said.
The UP elections will take place from February 8-March 3. Once opposed to English and computers, the former chief minister has now promised to provide laptops and tablets to youths if voted to power.
"All students who pass class 12 will be given laptops while those who clear class 10 will get tablets," he said at the rallies.
Appealing to the people to dislodge the BSP government, Yadav said his party would present a model of honesty and justice. He alleged CM Mayawati was misusing welfare funds and reversing the development initiated by his government.