CHIEF MINISTER Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his “blood pressure” jibe, saying BJP and its leaders will have to get “blood pressure checked” after third and fourth phases of polling. With Akhilesh by his side, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi too took on the PM, urging the people to vote for SP and make Akhilesh CM “so that overloaded Modiji may get some ease”. The CM was referring to Modi’s comment that UP hospitals do not have machines to check even blood pressure.
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Addressing a joint rally in Jhansi to seek votes for Congress and SP candidates from Jhansi and Babina, Akhilesh said: “BJP has made common man stand in queue for their own money. Now, in the elections, people would queue up against the BJP…. Pradhan mantri ji blood pressure ki baat kar raha hain. Abhi teesre or chauthe charan ka chunav khatam hone dijiye uske baad sare BJP walo ko apna blood pressure naapna padega (The PM talks about blood pressure… After the third and fourth phase, blood pressure of BJP leaders will have to be checked).”
He added that “when the PM needs water in between his address and he has to wipe his sweat, then think how much people will make him sweat”.
Akhilesh further said that he wanted to tell the BJP that it is not the alliance (SP-Congress) of two families but of two young politicians, coming together to bring about change. “These elections will not only form the government in UP, but also shape up the future of our country,” he added.
Mocking the PM, Rahul said: “Wherever the PM goes, he starts making relations… He made a film in 2015, named ‘achche din’, in which he claimed that he will clean Ganga, build highways and provide jobs… He promised us Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge movie, but we found the film was Sholay and we encountered Gabbar Singh.”
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Rahul said that the “mood of Modi has changed” after his friendship with Akhilesh. “Now, smile has evaporated from his face. He has also come to know that in UP, SP and Congress are going to form the government… Like after the Bihar polls, Modi did not utter the word Bihar, he will forget UP till 2019 (Lok Sabha polls),” he added.
“Modi sabkuch apne aap karte hain. America jaate hain magar Sushmaji ko nai le jaate. Obama ke sath meeting karte hain. UP aate hain akele aate hai. Notebandi bhi akele kar dia. Ab ek vyakti itni cheze kar rhaha hai to thakan to hogi na. Hum unki madat karenge aur UP me Akhilesh Ko CM banayange. Taki Modi ji ko thoda kaam kam kam ho. Aur 2019 ke baad, woh full time relax kar sakenge (Modi does everything on his own. He goes to America but does not take Sushma along. He meets Obama. He comes to UP alone. He also banned notes alone. If one person does so much of work, he would get tired. We will help Modiji and make Akhilesh the CM so that he has less work. After 2019, he can relax fully).”
Trying to strike an emotional chord with the people of Bundelkhand, Akhilesh reminded them of “empty water train” sent for them by the Centre during drought and claimed that the state government had come to their rescue. He also attacked Mayawati and cautioned the people not to vote for BSP, as it had joined hands with BJP earlier.
Rahul, who was very vocal against PM, said that after his 30-day Kisan Yatra, he demanded that the PM should waive loans of farmers but Modi “kept mum when I met him in this regard”. “Now, he is saying let BJP win and he will get the loans waived. Modiji you are PM, call a Cabinet meeting and waive the loans. For this you don’t need to win elections,” he added.
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