Lucknow, Apr 18 IBNS | 7 months ago

Taking a dig at Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Friday said the 'Netaji' was unable to take a stand where required.

While addressing a rally in UP, he said, "The SP chief would go 'mulayam' (soft) when required to be tough, and vice-versa."

He cited how during the recent riots, the 'Netaji' had failed miserably in consoling the kin of those who had lost their lives.

Giving an example of the misplaced priorities of the SP and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Modi said, "Some are busy in building Elephant Parks and some are on Lion Safari. Sadly, there is no one to worry about the people of UP."

He also recalled how UP had asked for lions from Gujarat and added that he would have been more happy in giving the cows from Gir too, so that the suffering cattle-rearers of the state could benefit.

Talking further on the misgovernance of the state government, Modi spoke of how, on one hand, sugarcane farmers in the state were distressed over inadequate payment for their produce, and on the other, poor people too had to carry guns for their safety.

"Why are people having to starve but spend money to buy guns in UP? Why aren't people protected here. Law & order must be maintained," the Gujarat CM said as he called for the need to tackle the rising crime rate in the state.

Modi also criticized the Congress' inability to empathize with the poor, and said that for them 'poverty' and the 'homes of the poor' was a source of tourism and an attempt at attention-grabbing.

Citing the recent media reports exposing the IT raids conducted at a meat exporting company, Modi spoke of how reports claimed that the dealings were a big Hawala racket, with the involvement of 4 Central government ministers and a leader close to 10 Janpath.

(Posted on 19-04-2014)

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