UP elections 2017: Ugly spat intensifies between BJP, SP before phase 6 polls

In a rally last week, Akhilesh had targeted PM Modi saying that he would appeal to megastar Amitabh Bachchan not to promote donkeys of Gujarat through a tourism advertisement of the state.

UP elections 2017: Ugly spat intensifies between BJP, SP before phase 6 polls

In the ongoing Uttar Pradesh elections, the political parties haven't left any stone unturned to target each other. BJP's head campaigner Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav continued their spat over 'donkey' jibe and also over the issue of electricity supply, against the backdrop of the Prime Minister’s allegation of discriminatory distribution by the Samajwadi Party government on the basis of religion.


Addressing an election rally in Mau in Uttar Pradesh, Modi recalled the ‘donkey’ remark by the Chief Minister and said, “Akhilesh says he has talked about donkeys in fun…I want to ask whether the bad state of police stations, people being stabbed and land being grabbed are also a part of fun.”

In a rally last week, Akhilesh had targeted PM Modi saying that he would appeal to megastar Amitabh Bachchan not to promote donkeys of Gujarat through a tourism advertisement of the state. Modi had responded to this jibe by saying that Akhilesh should not be afraid of donkeys of Gujarat which are far away. At the same time, Modi had said that donkeys are loyal and hard working animals.

Modi also targetted BSP chief in his rally in Mau, Uttar Pradesh, raking up the issue of mafia don-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari who has been fielded by BSP from Mau Sadar seat in a veiled manner. “When any muscleman is sent to jail here, he goes in smiling as they get perfect arrangements for their stay and security in jails,” the Prime Minister said.

“Give my message to all those who have evaded jails till now and to those who are taking food for the inmates that times have changed and after the results are announced on March 11, jails will be made jails in the true sense and it will be seen how they have fun,” Modi asserted.

Again alleging discrimination in power supply, Modi told the rally, “Your CM is brazenly claiming that you are getting it…You are fortunate that polling will take place here at a later date as that is why you are getting power…Wherever it (polling) is over, the power supply has been cut…Here also the same thing will be done after March 4…Is this not betrayal and a lie?”

He claimed that the Centre was ready to give power to UP at low rate “but the state did not take it…Only half of the funds for the purpose have been spent…Such a government does not have the right to be in power for even a day.”

After the apparent claims by PM Modi, Akhilesh also countered the allegations in his rally in Deoria referring to the comments made by BJP MP from Gorakhpur Yogi Adityanath. “There is a ‘baba’ (the Yogi, who dons saffron robes) in the neighbourhood who has raised questions on power supply…I will only say that ‘babaji’ you can touch an electric wire nearby you and see whether electricity is there or not.”