UP Elections 2017: Akhilesh Yadav travelling in ‘sinking boat’, says PM Narendra Modi

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New Delhi | Updated: February 16, 2017 4:44:39 PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday launched a scathing attack against Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, saying "he is travelling in a sinking boat, nothing can save him now."

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday launched a scathing attack against Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, saying "he is travelling in a sinking boat, nothing can save him now." (ANI iamge)Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday launched a scathing attack against Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, saying “he is travelling in a sinking boat, nothing can save him now.” (ANI iamge)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday launched a scathing attack against Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, saying “he is travelling in a sinking boat, nothing can save him now.” While addressing a rally in Barabanki during the campaigning for the third phase of Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections 2017, PM Modi took a dig at Congress and Samajwadi Party allaince. Accusing the Akhilesh government of being “anti-farmer”, PM Modi questioned “Centre allotted funds but why is it that farmers in the state are not benefited?” PM Modi also exuded confidence that BJP will form the government post March 11.

Political parties have kick-started high-decibel campaigning for the third phase of polling for Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections 2017. 69 constituencies will go to polls in third phase of voting which will be held on February 19. 826 candidates are in the fray for this phase which is crucial for BJP, Congress-Samajwadi Party alliance and BSP. The other four phases will be held on February 23 and 27 and on March 4 and 8. Results will be out on March 11. The first phase of UP polls in 73 assembly seats in UP witnessed 64.22 per cent turnout on February 11 – an increase of nearly three per cent from the first phase turnout in the 2012 state Assembly polls. Meanwhile, an impressive turnout of over 65 per cent was recorded in 67 Assembly constituencies across 11 districts of western Uttar Pradesh, figuring in the second phase of the crucial state polls yesterday.

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Curtains will come down tomorrow on the hectic campaign in 69 Assembly seats spread over 12 districts of Uttar Pradesh that will go to polls in the third phase on February 19.

The districts are Farrukhabad, Hardoi, Kannauj, Mainpuri, Etawah, Auraiya, Kanpur Dehat, Kanpur, Unnao, Lucknow, Barabanki and Sitapur.

In the 2012 Assembly polls, SP had won 55 of these 69 seats, while BSP, BJP and Congress secured just 6, 5 and 2 respectively. One seat went to an Independent.

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On the campaign trail, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sought to puncture Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s “kaam bolta hai” slogan by stating it was the SP leader’s “karnama” (misdeed) which spoke for him.

While, Akhilesh questioned him on “acchey din” promise claiming that it was elusive. He said that after the turnout trend of first two phases, the blood pressure of opposition has shot up.

In a bid to woo minority voters, he also tried to attack BSP supremo Mayawati stating, “She cannot be trusted. She can join hands with BJP again to form next government.”

Mayawati, however, clarified in her speeches that “she will prefer to sit in the opposition instead of joining hand with anyone” while urging minority voters to back her party.

After skipping constituencies falling in the first two phases, SP patron Mulayam Singh Yadav campaigned for brother Shivpal Singh and daughter-in-law Aparna Yadav, but preferred not to seek votes for others.

He is said to be perturbed over SP forming a coalition with Congress.

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