Addressing an election rally in Uttar Pradesh’s Fatehpur, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said no government should discriminate the public on the lines of religion and caste. “Sabka saath, sabka vikas is our mantra”, PM Modi said. “Ramzan me bijli athi hai tho Diwali me bhi ani chahiye; Bhedbhav nhi hona chahiye (If there is electricity during Ramadan then it must be available during Diwali too; there shouldn’t be any discrimination)” the prime minister added. He said “Gaon me kabristan banta hai to shamshaan bhi banna chahiye (If there is a ‘kabaristaan’ (graveyard), there should be a ‘shamshaan’ (cremation ground) too.”
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Taking a dig at SP-Congress alliance, PM Modi said that the ruling party entered into an alliance with the fear of losing power and reiterated that the SP has “insulted” their ideologue Ram Manohar Lohia by joining hands with a party that has “looted the country”. “Those born with silver spoon in mouth realised that the situation is not in their favour,” he said while referring to Congress.
He also slammed the SP government over deteriorating law and order in the state and urged people to elect a government that would ensure the safety of people. “Goondaraj prevailing all over UP; police stations have become Samajwadi Party office,” he said.
“The glow has disappeared from Akhilesh Yadav’s face, his voice has become feeble, he is afraid and looking for right words while talking to media,” he said, adding that the SP chief has “accepted that he has lost the game”.
“Why is the policing system so inefficient in UP? Why are complaints not registered? What work culture is it? SP is least concerned about improving law and order situation in UP,” he said, urging people to elect a government that will ensure safety of people.
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“The Supreme Court had to intervene to ask UP police to lodge FIR against minister SP leader Gayatri Prajapati who was allegedly involved in rape and murder,” the Prime Minister said, adding that development was in exile for 10 years in the state.
Meanwhile, polling for the third phase was held on Sunday. The fate of 826 candidates in this phase will be decided by 2.41 crore voters, including 1.10 crore women and 1,026 persons belonging to third gender category.
With inputs from agencies