UP Elections 2017: PM Narendra Modi eyes post-UP polls alliance, vows top sops for other parties

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New Delhi | Updated: February 27, 2017 2:49:51 PM

In an apparent bid to reach out to allies, Prime Minister Narenedra Modi on Monday said, "Our alliance partners will be made part of BJP government in UP when our party comes to power."

In an apparent bid to reach out to allies, Prime Minister Narenedra Modi on Monday said, ?Our alliance partners will be made part of BJP government in UP when our party comes to power.? (ANI image)

In an apparent bid to reach out to allies and other parties, Prime Minister Narenedra Modi on Monday said, “Our alliance partners will be made part of BJP government in UP when our party comes to power.” Addressing a rally in Mau during the campaigning for sixth phase of Uttar Pradesh Elections 2017 to be held on March 4, PM Modi, however, emphasized that BJP is capable of getting majority on its own. Launching a scathing attack at Congress and ruling Samajwadi Party over ‘poverty’ in eastern UP, PM Modi said, they should be ashamed of asking for votes in eastern part of Uttar Pradesh.

Flaying Congress over Jawaharlal Nehru’s legacy, PM Modi said, In 1962, then Ghazipur MP Vishwanath had depicted the kind of poverty existing in eastern part of Uttar Pradesh while addressing Parliament. Vishwanath had said that people in eastern UP survived on cow dung. Then PM Nehru then constituted a committee headed by H M Patel to recommend measures for the development of eastern UP. When we came to the power, we took notice of the file, PM Modi said.

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Voting has begun for the phase 5 polling of Uttar Pradesh Elections 2017. Stakes are high for BJP, SP-Congress alliance, BSP in 51 Assembly constituencies spread across 11 districts. The districts going to polls in this phase are Balrampur, Gonda, Faizabad, Ambedkar Nagar, Bahraich, Shravasti, Siddharth Nagar, Basti, Sant Kabir Nagar, Amethi, and Sultanpur. Due to death of Samajwadi Party candidate Chandrashekhar Kanaujia in Alapur (Ambedkar Nagar), the EC has announced fresh date of voting in this constituency on March 9. The ruling Samajwadi Party had won 37 seats out of 52 (total seats in this phase including Alapur) in 2012. While BJP and Congress won five seats each, BSP had won three and Peace Party won two seats. With certain districts not far from the Nepal border, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made it a point in his speech in Gonda to refer to the Kanpur train tragedy in which 150 people were killed. Modi had said the accident was due to a “conspiracy” and the perpetrators carried it out “sitting across the border” in Nepal.

Shravasti, Balrampur, Sultanpur and Ambedkar Nagar districts had emerged as stronghold of Samajwadi Party which won all the seats there in 2012. In all, 608 candidates are in the fray in this phase with maximum of 24 candidates in Amethi and minimum of six each in Kapilvastu and Etwa seats of Siddharth Nagar district. Prominent contestants in this phase include controversial minister Gayatri Prasad Prajapati (SP), who will be facing Amita Singh (Congress) and Garima Singh (BJP) in Amethi, the Lok Sabha constituency of Rahul Gandhi. Amita is the wife of Congress leader Sanjay Singh, while Garima is his estranged spouse, making it a “rani versus rani” contest. 1.84 crore voters, including 96 lakh women, will also decide the fate of ministers Vinod Kumar Singh alias Pandit Singh from Tarabganj (Gonda), Tej Narain Pandey alias Pawan Pandey from Ayodhya and BSP state president Ram Achal Rajbhar from Akbarpur in this phase.

(With agency inputs)

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