PM Narendra Modi invokes Ambedkar, Lohia to attack SP-BSP alliance in UP
On International Labour Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi attacked the SP-BSP alliance and the Congress for doing nothing for the labour class.Updated: May 01, 2019, 16:30 IST
Staying clear of any mention of Ram Temple on his first visit to Ayodhya since he assumed office in 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday invoked Dr BR Ambedkar and socialist icon Ram Manohar Lohia to attack the SP-BSP alliance in Uttar Pradesh.
Though the PM did not mention Ram Temple issue in his address, he ended his speech by chanting ‘Jai Jai Sri Ram’ and ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’.
Neither the PM visited the makeshift Ram Temple nor the Hanuman Garhi temple in Ayodhya.
“Mayawati (BSP chief) has misused Babasaheb’s name but never followed his ideals. The Samajwadi Party also uses Lohia’a name but the law and order situation worsened in the state during the SP rule,” Modi said, addressing a rally at Maya Bazar here.
On International Labour Day, the PM attacked the SP-BSP alliance and the Congress for doing nothing for the labour class.
Continuing his attack on the SP-BSP alliance, Modi said: “I have a question for the SP-BSP. What they have done for labourers.”
He also attacked the Congress for not doing enough for the labour class during its 60-70 year rule.
“For the Congress, 40 crore workers have just been a vote bank. Only the family (Gandhi family) has benefited. It is for the first time in the country that any government has done something concrete for labourers,” he asserted.
As chants of ‘Modi Modi’ grew louder, he took a brief pause and said, “When you chant ‘Modi Modi’, the blood pressure of the SP-BSP shoots up.”
He also listed out various schemes launched by his government for the working class and spoke about 15 circuits started by his government to promote tourism in the country.
Claiming that his government has effectively tackled terrorism, Modi said, “Recently, there was a terrorist attack in Sri Lanka. Before 2014, such attacks were common in India.”
Referring to serial blasts that took place outside district courts across Uttar Pradesh on November 23, 2007, he asked, “Can you forget Faizabad blast?”
“Blasts used to take place daily across the country. But in the last five years no such incident has been reported,” he claimed.
Attacking Pakistan, he said that the country only exported terrorism.
“They (Pakistan) want a weak government in India and the SP-BSP Mahagathbandhan is soft on terrorism,” he said.
Exhorting the people to press the ‘lotus’ (BJP’s poll symbol) button on election day, the PM said that every vote would go into Modi’s account and would make the country stronger.