Zee Media Bureau
Gorakhpur: Taking on the "father-son" duo, BJP`s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Thursday said Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and his son, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, have "destroyed" Uttar Pradesh.
Taunting the SP supremo, Modi asked whether Mulayam knew the meaning of converting Uttar Pradesh to Gujarat.
Earlier in the day, Mulayam, at a rally in Varanasi, had said that Modi`s hands were soaked in blood. Addressing a "Vijay Shankhnad" rally organised by the Bharatiya Janata Party shortly after the SP chief`s rally, the Gujarat Chief Minister said the "baap-beta" (father-son) duo followed him wherever he went.
Reacting to Mulayam`s statement that Modi could not make a Gujarat of Uttar Pradesh, the BJP leader said the Yadavs have no "haisiyat" (clout) to change Uttar Pradesh into Gujarat.
"For turning Uttar Pradesh into Gujarat, a vibrant state, one needs a 56-inch chest and not politicians digging their heels into vote bank politics," Modi said, as the crowd cheered on.
To become Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh needed 10 percent growth in agriculture, not three or four percent as in the last 10 years, Modi said.
Gujarat meant 24x7 power supply, sugarcane dues paid on time, crushing of cane on schedule and happy farmers, something not possible for the Samajwadi Party government, Modi said.
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"Uttar Pradesh has the potential to become the leading state in the country, but sadly the people who have ruled here in the past one decade have chosen to ruin the state with their petty, narrow political thinking and vote-bank politics," he said.
"The state affords no honour to girls and women, no employment, no security or safety for its citizens. You have destroyed the mandate given by the people to your party in the 2012 state assembly polls," the BJP leader said, referring to Mulayam as "Netaji" as he is called by his partymen.
Modi also sharpened his attack on the Congress, observing that the country was not poor but has been kept poor because of the misdeeds of political parties like it for sake of politics.
He said the people of the country have already decided the result of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections and that "farewell" of Congress and its allies was certain.
He also told the gathering that while other parties decided to destroy Uttar Pradesh, the BJP was committed to the development and prosperity of the state.
If elected to power, the BJP government will bring about a "white-revolution" in UP which despite being an agriculture state was buying milk from outside, Modi said in his 45-minute address.
Stressing the need for giving priority to agriculture in the country, he said BJP had vowed to develop UP which was capable of changing the face of the country if developed to its potential.
Modi, who addressed the rally shortly after Mulayam`s rally, said the SP had "destroyed" the state by squandering its big mandate in the 2012 Assembly polls by not delivering peace, jobs to the youth and progress to farmers.
Modi also hit out at Congress for `chai-wala` barbs, saying the ruling party was mocking at the poor whom it has used only as a vote-bank without doing anything for them.
Seeking a five-year term for the BJP in the Lok Sabha polls, Modi said that while people had given 60 years to the Congress, he was seeking 60 months to change the face of India and bring prosperity in every home and a smile on every face.
Predicting that the voters had made up their mind to vote out the Congress and its allies, Modi also charged the United Progressive Alliance, the Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party of being responsible for gloom in the country.
Thanking the people of Uttar Pradesh for the love they expressed in attending his rallies in large numbers, Modi said that given a chance, he would return that love, offering them the dividend of development.
(With Agency inputs)