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Beware of families that looted UP, India: Modi

Saturday, 11 February 2017 | PNS/PTI | Bijnor/Haridwar
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Taking up issues of dynastic politics and law and order to target the Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday called it a tie-up between two families who have “looted” Uttar Pradesh and the country, and mocked Rahul Gandhi saying no leader has as many jokes on him as he does for his “childish” acts.

“When both families were separate, they caused so much destruction in the country and UP. What will happen when they have joined hands. If you want to save UP, you will have to save it from these families,” he said while addressing a rally here.

Slamming the Congress for opening a broadside against him, Modi, during an election rally in Haridwar, warned the Congress to “hold your tongue, as I have your entire janampatri”. Noting that next five years are as vital for Uttarakhand as they are in the growth of any 16 years old, Modi asked people to vote out the Government which had “tainted the name of Devbhoomi” and replace it with one that could translate Atal Bihar Vajpayee’s vision for

the State.

With the BJP locked in a tough fight in the UP Assembly polls, the Prime Minister dwelt at length on the “family rule” of the Yadav clan and cases of major crimes under its watch, besides “corruption” during the reign of Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati Governments.

Modi, who has been accused by the Congress of using foul language and repeatedly humiliating opposition after his raincoat jibe against former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, persisted with his shrill attack on rivals saying they have only served their families.

With Jats playing a key role in the two phases for which polling will be held tomorrow and February 15, he said a BJP Government in the state will set up a farmers welfare fund named after Charan Singh, a noted Jat leader.

Clearing the dues of sugarcane farmers and waiving loans of small and marginal farmers, both promises being part of the BJP’s manifesto, will be a top priority for the state government if his party is voted to power, he said.

It was, however, his attack on the SP-Congress alliance and the ruling Yadav family which was the focus of his speech. “I do not know Akhilesh Yadav much. I have met him a few times in meetings and it seemed to me after reading various reports that he is an educated young man who is trying to learn. I was hopeful that a young man will be fit for politics in 5-10 years. On the other hand there is a Congress leaders who does so many childish acts that if you do a search on computer, you will find that no other leader has as many jokes on him as he has.

“Even senior Congress leaders keep a distance from him. When the leader avoided by his senior party leaders was embraced by Akhilesh, then I began doubting his wisdom. One can make blunders but not of this kind,” Modi said, targeting the Congress vice-president.

They made one caste (Yadav) as their vote bank but served only their family, he said. Accusing the Akhilesh Yadav government of suppressing rivals by lodging false criminal cases against them, Modi said poll results on March 11 will “expose” it and a BJP government will launch a probe into all such cases.

He cited several incidents, including the alleged Badaun gang rape, and subsequent insensitive comments of the ruling party leaders to allege that SP will not be able to protect women.

Without naming them, Modi referred to SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav’s remarks that “boys make mistakes” in reference to a rape case and also that of senior SP leader Azam Khan.

 
 
 
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