UP Elections 2017: PM Modi says, Our motto is different from opposition's

Voters in the city of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh were divided when it came to declaring whose rally was the biggest.

"There was nobody standing with Prime Minister Modi, but, with Akhilesh Yadav, I can say, there hasn't been such a road show ever in the history of polls".

Despite the controversy over his road show in Varanasi on Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held another road show in his constituency on Sunday - this time an official one.

After carrying out a massive two-day roadshow in Varanasi, PM Modi addressed a public rally, where a large number of his supporters and BJP workers were present. In 2012 assembly elections the party had won only three out of five assembly seats.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday offered several litres of milk, Ganga jal and flowers at the fabled Kashi Vishwanath temple here and performed aarti at the sanctum sanctorum during a break in his road show.

All the three seats-which cover nearly the entire city- are being contested by the Congress this time, while the SP is fighting the predominantly rural Rohaniya and Sevapuri. "Election commission did not allow me to carry out rally in Kashi".

Dwelling on the problems of his Lok Sabha constituency, Modi accused previous governments of carrying only "sporadic works" to cater to their political interests.

The Prime Minister referred to a slew of measures undertaken by his government for the facelift of Varanasi and mocked Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav for doubting his commitment to improving living conditions in the city. Speaking to TOI, Teliyabagh resident Satish Kumar said, "It's the Modi magic doing wonders everywhere". Senior BJP leaders including Amit Shah and Arun Jaitley had sat on a dharna in protest.

"On March 11, election results will give an electric shock to SP, BSP and Congress", he said. "But the work is slow, the state government has no intention to build roads", PM Modi said. He has been given a party ticket. "And believe me, despite media reports that demonetisation will have negative impact on the BJP, it has done wonders and has helped in polarising pro-poor against pro-rich".

While the leader didn't name names, he was likely alluding to the likes of Cambridge- and Oxford-educated ex-prime minister Manmohan Singh, who had estimated that GDP could take a 2% hit in a parliamentary speech in the weeks after demonetization. Wherever I turn, I can see only people.

  • Leroy Wright