SCAM stands for Samajwadi Party, Congress, Akhilesh and Mayawati: PM Modi in Meerut rally
Those who abused each other every day have now become partners, says Modi
Taking a jibe at all top political opponents of the poll-bound Uttar Pradesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday told a rally in Meerut to get rid of SCAM, which he defined -- S for Samajwadi Party, C for Congress, A for Akhilesh and M for Mayawati.
The ruling party in the Centre hopes to repeat its victory in the 2014 Lok Sabha election. BJP is set to contest the upcoming assembly elections beginning on February 11 against the Samajwadi Party led by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav in alliance with the Congress spearheaded by Rahul Gandhi.
Addressing the rally, PM Modi expressed that he is fortunate to have stepped on the holy land of Meerut. He also likened his first election rally in Uttar Pradesh with India's first war of independence in 1857, saying it was a fight against the British then and now it is a battle against poverty and the state's rulers who have obstructed growth and development.
"The first war of Independence began here in Meerut in 1857. Then the fight was against the British and now the war is to eradicate poverty," Modi said.
"Rs 4,000 crore was allocated to UP government so that they can give health aid to people, but they couldn't even spend Rs 250 crore," Modi added.
PM Modi, slamming the Akhilesh Yadav government, said: "Rs 4,000 crore was allocated to UP government so that they can give health aid to people, but they couldn't even spend Rs 250 crore."
Modi went on to say that his government wanted "to do so much for Uttar Pradesh but could not because the state government has been obstructing" his developmental initiatives. "Every initiative (of the central government for Uttar Pradesh) gets stuck in Lucknow," he added.