Modi magic works in Gujarat, not in UP, says Akhilesh

Modi magic works in Gujarat, not in UP, says Akhilesh

Dismissing the ‘magic’ of BJP Election Campaign Committee Chairman and Gujarat Chief Minister, Narendra Modi, his Uttar Pradesh counterpart Akhilesh Yadav of Samajwadi Party said the magic was only restricted to Gujarat and television.

“Neither does UP know Modi nor does Modi know UP,” he said here on Thursday.

In the State to express his gratitude to the people of Channapatna for electing the lone SP candidate, C P Yogeeshwara, to the Assembly, Yadav said that the rumours of Modi contesting the upcoming Parliament elections from UP does not pose any threat to the SP nor will it heighten communal violence in the state.

‘Intelligent lot’

“The people of UP are an intelligent lot. They know who to elect and who not to. Besides, the SP has always been a secular force which is in existence to thwart any attempt by leaders propagating communalism in the country,” he said.

On the chances of a third front materialising as an alternative to the UPA and the NDA, Yadav said the citizens of the nation are seeking such a popular political alliance.

“Whether it will come in the form of a collection of parties, a coalition or as a third front, which does not include the Congress party or the BJP, is still undecided and we cannot speculate as of now. But we can assure the people that SP will support any secular third front that intends to come to the fore in the next elections,” he said.

Asked if he intended meeting various political leaders, including JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy, who has expressed his intent to support the proposed third front, Yadav said that all parties, big and small, will be helpful in strengthening the alliance.

“However, this trip is expressly meant to convey our gratitude to the people of Karnataka for electing our MLA,” he said.

The SP leader said that his party will focus on strengthening its hold on UP in the 2014 elections by winning the maximum number of seats, apart from trying to increase its tally in neighbouring states.

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