PM Narendra Modi in his speech in Mirzapur today during the campaign for the ongoing Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections took pot shots at the Samajwadi Party as well as Congress and even went on to name former chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav to say that there has been enough talk of ‘ours’ (aapne) and ‘theirs’ (Paraye) and that now is the time to talk about development. PM Modi said that Uttar Pradesh is such a huge area that if it was a country, it would become the world’s 5th largest nation, and indicated that if once UP gets its development agenda right, it will be catapulted straight into the sweet spot of being one of the world’s most developed regions.
PM Modi took on Rahul Gandhi first and made fun of his ‘Khaat Sabha’ – during that meeting, the charpoys placed by the party for the occasion at the venue were promptly stolen by the attendees. As soon as PM cracked the joke, the audience broke out into peals of laughter.
PM Modi then tore into the Samajwadi Party, or the previous governments of Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and said that its reign in Lucknow has been akin to punishment. Modi said that the Assembly election is the perfect opportunity that people of the state should take to throw away their shackles. PM said, “This election is to celebrate the ‘mukti’ from SP, Congress and BSP.”
Highlighting the need for urgent action to change the fate of the people of the state, PM Modi exhorted the crowd with his clarion call to action by saying, “This election will decide the future of Uttar Pradesh.” PM Modi said that BJP is the only option for the people of the state to take to ensure a future that will banish poverty and usher in prosperity.
Underlining the importance of his vision for the state and the various policies that he has in mind to ensure such a grand vision is actually implemented on the ground, Modi said, “Tourism hubs can be developed in Kashi. Youth will get jobs.” He said that under the current dispensation, “There is no guarantee of jobs for the honest in the state.” He also said that some industries that were working fine previously have died. He asked, “Who has destroyed the brass industry?”
The reason why there were no jobs being created in the state was also provided by the PM and the top one was corruption. Saying that most of the wealth of the state was being hogged by a few, PM said nepotism and graft have to be wiped out from the state and only the public itself can do that by voting in the BJP. The graft being practised by the current government is of various kinds, he said and explained, “There are four types of corruption prevalent in the state. Nazrana (before the work is done), shukrana (after your work is done), harkana and jabrana (when they take money by threats and by force).”
An example trotted out by PM was that of former CM Mayawati. He said, “BSP leader took away stones for building statues but later when questioned, the leader shied away and said it came from Rajasthan.”
To ensure that such a state of affairs is ended once and for all, PM Modi said, “I am asking you to wipe out the SP, Congress, BSP from the state. UP elections are about giving opportunities to the state’s youth, ensuring the safety of people, all round progress of poor.”
That this is likely to happen was also highlighted by the PM when he said, “Everyone is saying UP assembly elections is a celebration.”
PM Modi also explained his intent to develop the state by saying, “We want to empower the agrarian community of the state. BJP, if voted to power, will waive off farmers’ loans. Our aim is to double farmers income by 2022 when India celebrates her 75th year of Independence.”