We have come across unique political rhetoric, jibes during campaigning for Uttar Pradesh Elections 2017. The assembly elections, which have been termed as the semifinal before the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, has turned into an ‘akhara’ where Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav have been taking potshots at each other frequently. Taunting PM Modi over his foreign visits, Rahul said, “Modi is tired. Akhileshji, let’s give him some rest: you become the chief minister of UP…. Let’s lighten his burden, let him relax. Then, in 2019, poora ka poora bojh utaarke unko baahar bhej denge (we will take all his load in next Lok Sabha elections and send him out),” according to The Indian Express report. With Modi being the star campaigner for BJP, Rahul and Akhilesh are targetting the PM and going relatively soft on BSP supremo Mayawati. It was evident during a rally in Gorakhpur in eastern UP where both Akhilesh and Rahul talked about Mayawati only once.
Akhilesh said people of the state would reject parties like the BJP and BSP for their “anti-people” policies. “The SP on the other hand is committed to the welfare and development of youngsters,” he said adding his government has already made available land in Gorakhpur for building AIIMS. But, Prime Minister Narendra Modi must tell when the construction would actually begin,” he said.
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In his speech, Rahul said, “Congress has entered into an alliance with SP to teach BJP and Modi a lesson.” Claiming that Modi government has done absolutely no work in the last three years of its tenure, Rahul said, “If the Modi government has done even a single work in the last three years, then it must tell people of the country about it.”
He alleged that most of the poll promises made by Modi have fallen flat and are yet to see the light of the day. “This includes sending Rs 15 lakh in accounts of each citizen, sending those with black money behind bars and collecting the illegally stashed black money,” he said.
In contrast, Rahul did not mention Mayawati at all, Akhilesh referred to her towards the end of his 15-minute speech, almost as an afterthought. “By the way,” he said, referring to tens of statues built in Mayawati’s tenure, “beware of a leader who had run a government of stones. That person has started talking about development of late. Look at their stones – elephants and her own statues. What kind of development can you expect from her? Although she is my bua (aunt), she has celebrated raksha bandhan with the BJP on several occasions.”
(With agency inputs)