New Delhi: With Rahul Gandhi training his guns on Modi government during his UP campaign, BJP on Thursday said it was a case of one 'yuvraj' (prince) helping another, a reference to Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, and accused him of trying to divert attention from the state's issues.
The party alleged that it was the "mental bankruptcy" of the Congress vice president that he was not highlighting the 15 years of misrule of the Samajwadi party and BSP in the state even though people were fed up with lack of water, power and roads besides the dismal state of education and health sectors.
"This is an unsuccessful attempt of one yuvraj (Gandhi) to help another. The UPA government looted from farmers for 10 years and cheated farmers of their lands. Rahul Gandhi is himself out on a bail in a corruption case.
"In UP, people had elected Akhilesh with high hopes after suffering under the misrule of Mayawati. Now they have been hit by poor law and order and corruption. Education and health facilities are non-existent and the common man lives in fear," its national secretary Shrikant Sharma said, alleging a tie-up between the two young leaders.
He also took a dig at Gandhi saying Congress leaders were the ones who used terms like "chor" for those taking away cots from his rally but he was now blaming others.
"People in Uttar Pradesh are wise. Polls will be held on the deteriorating conditions in the state and won't let this conspiracy of Congress to succeed. They have made up their mind for a change and will elect BJP," he said.
Targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the introduction of surge pricing in railways, Gandhi said his model is to rob the common man and provide relief to his industrialist friends.