Modi contrast himself and Opposition in UP

Modi contrast himself and Opposition in UP

Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures as he speaks during an election rally, ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, in Saharanpur, Friday, April 05, 2019. (PTI Photo)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday targeted the Congress for showing special love for those who talk of cutting people into pieces.

In the Jat-dominated region of western Uttar Pradesh, Modi also took RLD leaders Ajit Singh and his son Jayant Chaudhary to task for teaming up with the Samajwadi Party, "who had supported rioters".

"Here those who talk of ‘boti-boti’ are close to ‘shehzade’ (Rahul Gandhi), but we talk of security and honours of ‘beti-beti’ (daughters)," Modi said while addressing a rally at Nanauta village near here.

Modi was referring to the Congress candidate Imran Masood, who had threatened to cut Modi into pieces (boti-boti) in the run up to the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

"If these people come to power, then they will not allow the passage of the triple talaq bill to protect Muslim daughters,” the prime minister said.

Targeting the SP and the BSP, Modi recalled the instances of "exodus" in Shamli and Kairana during the Samajwadi Party's rule in 2015-16.

"This aunt and nephew (bua and babua) can forget the exodus from Shamli and Kairana. But, can you forget it? Once the BJP government took office (in UP), we did not allow these schemes to succeed," Modi said.

The 'bua' and 'babua reference was to BSP supremo Mayawati and SP chief Akhilesh Yadav, who have teamed up to oust Modi in the Lok Sabha elections.

Attacking the Congress, Modi described the grand old party's manifesto as a "sham document".

"In the sham document released by the Congress, they have promised to remove the protective shield of the Armed Forces and scrap the law that deals with sedition. Do you approve of such policies," Modi asked the crowd that broke into chants of "no".

"Do you want a government that demoralises armed forces? Do you want traitors to have a free run," he asked.

"The Opposition’s only agenda is ‘Modi hatao’ (remove Modi). Their only intention is to promote ‘vanshvaad’ (dynastic politics),” he said.

The prime minister also accused RLD chief Ajit Singh of "forgetting" the atrocities against people and not "raising his voice for self-interest".

"Today, Chaudhary Ajit Singh is moving into every bylane cursing your 'chowkidar’. The 'chhota Chaudhary’ is two steps ahead. Just imagine, what will happen to the soul of Chaudhary Charan Singh who gave his life to uphold national interest,” Modi said.

"Saharanpur is going to reject vote-bank politics of the SP, the BSP and the Congress. People here trust the BJP," Modi claimed.

In Saharanpur, Congress’ Imran Masood is locked in a fight with BJP's Raghav Lakhanpal and Fazlur Rahman, the candidate of the SP-BSP alliance.

The constituency votes on April 11.

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