Gorakhpur: In an effort to reach out to the people of Uttar Pradesh, Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi said that the state had immense opportunity for growth but had been kept backward by the petty politics of its leaders. Addressing a rally in Gorakhpur, Modi hit out at the Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav for saying that Modi was incapable of holding the position of the Prime Minister.
"Mulayam and Akhilesh have been targeting me. Today Mulayam said Modi cannot turn UP into Gujarat. He is absolutely correct. Gujarat means 24 hour electricity supply. Gujarat means 10 per cent agricultural growth for 10 years and not 2-3 per cent. Mulayam does not have the capability to turn UP into Gujarat," the BJP's prime ministerial candidate said adding that Gujarat had been living peacefully since the last 10 years unlike UP.
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Modi urged the people of UP to give the BJP a chance and assured that the party will put its best foot forward to fulfil the dreams of the people. "Others have got 60 years, give me 60 months. Till now you have elected the ruler, now elect the servant. I promise to change your life. We don't want an insecure India, underdeveloped India, and an unemployed India," he said.
He also expressed confidence of BJP's victory in the Lok Sabha elections and said that the trends clearly showed that the Congress is headed towards a downfall. "This is an election where people have taken their decision. People have decided to remove Congress, there are clear indications of a Congress-free India," he said.
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He recalled the recent drubbing that the Congress received in the hands of the BJP in the recent Assembly elections in four states - Delhi, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, and said that he was confident that the same results will be replicated in the Lok Sabha elections.
He also said that the Congress remembers the poor people only when the elections approach. "For years, Congress has been looking at Dalits, Adivasis as vote banks, and not as human beings but BJP has always given priority to poor and the under privileged people," he said.
He targeted the Congress yet again for calling him a 'tea vendor' and said that such statements reflect their mentality an shows how insensitive they are towards the poor. "Congress leaders have feudal mindset, they cannot accept that a person who sold tea is challenging them, " Modi said.
Thanking people for their support and for coming in huge numbers for his rallies, Modi said, "Every new BJP rally breaks the record of our previous rallies. It seems as if every region of UP is competing to move ahead of the other."