Lucknow: The Congress on Thursday dismissed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s charge that the party had made a bid on Mulayam Singh Yadav’s life, saying the word ‘murder’ was synonymous with Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah.
“The word ‘murder’ is synonymous with Modi and (Amit) Shah. The killing spree started with the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi by Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). We are Gandhians from the core of our heart and firm believer of non-violence,” AICC general secretary and in-charge of party affairs in Uttar Pradesh Ghulam Nabi Azad told a news conference in Lucknow.
He was reacting to Modi’s remark on the issue of “assassination attempt” on Mulayam in 1984 allegedly involving a Congress leader, which was aimed at driving a wedge into the fledging SP-Congress alliance.
Modi had said this at an election rally in Kannauj on Wednesday and questioned SP chief Akhilesh Yadav as to how he could form a coalition with “those who tried to murder” his father.
Meanwhile, at an election meeting in Hardoi, Modi said the future of the state cannot be ensured without ridding it of SP, BSP and Congress.
Calling himself as the “adopted son” of UP, Modi invoked Lord Krishna to suggest a strong connect between Gujarat and Utter Pradesh, and said the state was his ‘mai-baap’ (parents) and he will not desert it.
“Lord Krishna was born in UP and made Gujarat his ‘karam bhoomi’ (land of work). I was born in Gujarat and UP has adopted me...Uttar Pradesh is my ‘mai-baap’. I am not the son who would betray his ‘mai-baap’. You have adopted me and it is my duty to work for you,” he said in an emotional speech at a poll rally in Hardoi.
“Vote for a full majority to BJP government. I promise to show you the ways of all the problems you are facing within five years,” he said, telling the impressive crowd that all pollsters have predicted BJP getting massive support in the first two phases of polling.
Highlighting the problems faced by the state and its national importance, Modi said poverty will be removed from the country only when it is eradicated from UP.
“This is the land of Ganga and Yamuna where the land is most fertile with crores of labourours but poverty still exists here...why is this so? There is nothing wrong with the people here or their capabilities or shortage of resources,” he said.
“It is the problem of the government’s lack of intention (which is responsible for it). SP, BSP and Congress have not thought as to how the state should be developed...all those who had been at the helm have only worked to safeguard their votebank, help them in whichever way possible...the future of UP cannot be changed till it is freed of SP, BSP and Congress,” he said.