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New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP’s) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi said he will ensure that the youth have a bright future if his party is voted to power in the national elections that are due by May.

Modi blamed the Congress party for failing to remove poverty and accused it of exploiting the poor for votes.

Addressing his first public meeting in Uttar Pradesh after the debacle of the Congress party in four out of the five recently held assembly elections, Modi said the country needs to get rid of the Congress party.

“People are waiting to remove Congress government at the Centre. This time, elections will not be fought by political parties or any individual but people will fight the election. We have to move towards making the country rid of Congress," Modi said at a public meeting in Varanasi.

Modi said Uttar Pradesh has the strength to lead the country to development. He said that people of Uttar Pradesh chose governments which didn’t focus on development of the state.

“It is an insult to the people of Uttar Pradesh because some people think that the state is important only because governments can be formed by performing well in Uttar Pradesh. Is Uttar Pradesh only to increase number of seats? The question is not about forming government. Uttar Pradesh can change the direction of India. If India wants stability, then Uttar Pradesh is important, and if unemployment has to be reduced then it must be brought down in the state," Modi said.

Whenever there are elections in the country, the Congress party starts talking about the poor, Modi said, adding that if the Congress leaders were serious about eradicating poverty then they could have done it.

“Leaders of the Congress party had said that a tea vendor cannot become prime minister. Is it a crime to earn a living by selling tea? If people give their blessing then even a farmer or a person who polishes shoes can become prime minister of this country," Modi said.

Political analysts say that Modi is wooing the youth, a demographic that played a crucial role in BJP’s victories in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, to pre-empt them from supporting Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal.

“Narendra Modi is trying to tell the people of Uttar Pradesh that if he becomes prime minister, Uttar Pradesh will be given Central preference," said Jai Mrug, Mumbai-based political analyst. “Modi has to attract the young voters and he also has to ensure that they don’t go towards Rahul Gandhi and Arvind Kejriwal so he is giving personal assurance to them."

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