Home / Politics / Policy /  On Uttar Pradesh campaign trail, Narendra Modi emphasises pro-poor agenda

New Delhi: A day after accusing Uttar Pradesh’s ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) of looting the exchequer, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday promised to reset the governance agenda to development for all.

Speaking at a public rally in Aligarh ahead of the Uttar Pradesh assembly polls, Modi reiterated his development pitch, saying his government will focus on providing electricity, law and order and roads.

“Vikas (development) for me is V for Vidyut (electricity), K for Kanoon (law) and S for Sadak (roads)," Modi said. “For 70 years, 18,000 villages didn’t have electricity and most cases were from UP. We have taken up work of electrification in mission mode."

Speaking about his government’s commitment to inclusive development, Modi said the money recovered after the demonetisation drive will be used for the welfare of the poor, middle class and youth.

Modi, who is leading the Bharatiya Janata Party’s campaign, is expected to hold at least 15 public meetings in the state where polling begins on Saturday.

Modi also spoke about the centre’s move to ban high-value currency notes. “There was a storm after I made the note-ban announcement. We undertook this fight against corruption so that people, especially the poor and youth get their rightful money. We have started giving people money through Aadhaar and the Jan Dhan Yojana as Rs40,000 crore has been saved and it will be used for the development of poor, middle class and providing employment to the youth," he said.

Modi emphasized the party’s pro-poor agenda, speaking about Ujjwala Yojana under which 18 million gas connections have been provided to poor people to make rural areas smoke-free. He said the SP government was not working for the sugarcane farmers of the state.

“We have undertaken welfare measures for sugarcane farmers, but why is it that UP government has not been able to look after them? The state government only buys 3% of the farmer produce," he said.

Targeting the UP chief minister for allying with the Congress for the upcoming elections, he said, “Akhilesh Yadav is holding on to other parties to be able to withstand the upcoming BJP wave in UP."

Meanwhile, reacting to Modi’s statement made at a public rally in Meerut on Saturday where he asked people in UP to “rid the state of SCAM—S for Samajwadi (party), C for Congress, A for Akhilesh (Yadav) and M for Mayawati," Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi said that scam for him stands for “seva (service), courage, ability and modesty."

Addressing a joint rally with Akhilesh Yadav in Kanpur on Sunday, Gandhi said, “People who are involved in scams, see them everywhere. For me scam means, S for service of the poor, C for courage to speak the truth, A for ability to fulfil one’s promises and M for modesty to accept one’s flaws."

Earlier in the day, Akhilesh also hit back at Modi. Addressing a rally in Unnao, he said, “We have to save our country from SCAM—Save the Country from Amit Shah and Modi."

Subscribe to Mint Newsletters
* Enter a valid email
* Thank you for subscribing to our newsletter.
Recommended For You
Edit Profile
Get alerts on WhatsApp
Set Preferences My ReadsFeedbackRedeem a Gift CardLogout