Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday ridiculed the Uttar Pradesh ruling Samajwadi Party for aligning with Congress and assailed the Akhilesh Yadav government over a host of issues, including law and order.
Addressing a rally a day before Uttar Pradesh goes to the polls for the first phase, Modi accused the Akhilesh government of abusing power to stifle the opposition and vowed to take action if the BJP takes power in the state.
Without taking names, Modi ridiculed Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi for his "childish acts".
There is this Congress leader known for his childish acts. If you google, you will see the number of jokes on him. No other leader is the target of as many jokes as this Congress leader. Because of his acts, even senior Congress leaders prefer to maintain distance from him. But Akhilesh, you embraced him. Now I sincerely doubt your wisdom.
Adding that the two parties seem to be resorting to desperate measures by aligning with each other, he said:
Having realised that lotus (BJP election symbol) will be blooming everywhere in UP, the Congress and the Samajwadi Party, who were fighting each other a month ago, are now getting cosy with each other. Such is their desperation.
Assailing the state government over law and order situation, particularly women's security, Modi called upon the people to oust a government which was not sensitive to their needs.
What is the need of a government which cannot secure the future of the youth or protect the interests of the farmers? Throw out this government which has never worked for the welfare of the oppressed and only exploited them.
Minus + Minus = Minus, Says Rajnath of the Alliance
Home Minister Rajnath Singh also took a jibe at the alliance by saying, "Minus + Minus is = Minus".
He also took a swipe at the Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party saying it was fighting a lost battle in the state.
There is tremendous support for us. Our opponents are only spreading rumours.
(With inputs from IANS)