UP elections 2017: PM Narendra Modi goads public, exacts revenge on Akhilesh Yadav over ‘power’ taunt

By: | Published: March 5, 2017 9:56 PM

PM connected the issue of electricity woes directly with the poor man on the street and asked the crowd, “Can a poor man survive without power supply today?” To this the crowd replied in unison “no”.

In his Varanasi sojourn, today Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a mega rally at the Kashi Vidyapeeth University. (PTI)

In his Varanasi sojourn, today Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a mega rally at the Kashi Vidyapeeth University. Following the 5-km long road show, the Prime Minister addressed crowd that was mammoth, consisting of tens of thousands of people who were all shouting the PM’s name. Varanasi may never have witnessed such huge crowds before. Targeting Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on the plight of electricity in India’s most populous state, Modi took up this grim issue and mocked the CM’s claim of no discrimination in power supply and also countered his claim that power was available to the people – the issue generated a lot of political heat in the state during the polls during which PM had lambasted the government for not providing electricity in the state and thereby hurting its progress and development and CM Akhilesh Yadav had shockingly countered that claim by saying PM should touch any wire in the region and he will find out whether there was electricity available in the state.

Today, Modi sought to exact revenge through his deft usage of the language and his gift for the turn of the phrase. PM connected the issue of electricity woes directly with the poor man on the street and asked the crowd, “Can a poor man survive without power supply today?” To this the crowd replied in unison “no”. He said that according to the CM of the state there was plentiful supply of power. This was greeted by another round of ‘no’ shouted by the crowd. PM Modi then asked, “Should I believe them or you?” This was resoundingly answered by the crowd, ‘Believe us!’

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Modi continued and said that all the states in India have signed a MoU with the Government of India in order to get non-stop electricity supply. However, strangely, it was the Uttar Pradesh government that moved away from taking this scheme from the Central government. He accused the Samajwadi Party for keeping the people of Uttar Pradesh in ‘dark’.

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Yesterday, while speaking at the Maidagin Town Hall, the PM had asked the gathering, “Do you all receive 24-hour electricity?” And when the crowd replied a “No”, the PM said that there is no need to swear by the Ganga, as power supply went off when they went to offer prayers at the Kashi Vishwanath temple during evening.

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Apart from electricity supply, Modi talked about gas pipeline that is being launched from Gujarat. He also revealed plans about the rail network and the advantages of rail transportation to businessmen coming to Varanasi and how Centre would help in the process.

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