Narendra Modi, the prime ministerial candidate of the Bharatiya Janata Party, launched a scathing attack on Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party and Congress, saying they were misleading people under the veil of secularism to hide their failures.
"Though heat of elections is yet to be felt, there is a wave in favour of BJP due to which "sabka vinash" (rout of SP, BSP, and Congress) is certain....For them secularism is all about vote bank to mislead the people," Modi told a massive rally here.
Hitting out at the Uttar Pradesh government on the issue of communal violence, Modi asked SP Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav to explain as to why so many riots had taken place in Uttar Pradesh.
"In the past one year of your son's (Akhilesh's) rule, more than 150 riots have taken place in UP, while there was not even a single riot in Gujarat in the last 10 years. Not even a curfew was clamped there. Don't compare Gujarat with UP on development," Modi said.
Accusing SP, BSP and Congress of using secularism as a poll slogan and a tool to grab power, Modi said, for BJP secularism was about uniting people and ensuring development. "Secularism is an article of faith for us. It is to unite people and do development....For them it's a tool to grab power and an election slogan," the BJP leader said.
Taking on the SP supremo, Modi claimed that Mulayam Yadav in his address in Allahabad had conceded defeat.
"Netaji (Mulayam) has conceded defeat in his address in the SP rally....by saying that he cannot compete with the crowd at my rally....By talking about development, Yadav has been forced (by us) to leave his old ways and come to this topic.... "I have been talking about politics of development for past 10 years and I am happy that he has also started talking about it," Modi said.
He said instead of giving false facts about Gujarat, it would have been better if he (Mulayam) would have given an account of work done by him in UP.
"He is spreading lies about Gujarat....He should first visit Gujarat and see that electricity is available there 24 hours, 365 days while in UP there is no power. In UP, there is reservation as far as distribution of electricity is concerned. Areas of Netaji are getting power, while other places did not have power....," he said.
On the law and order front, Modi alleged that "due to hooliganism of SP leaders, 45 crimes took place right under your (Mulayam's) nose.
"There were over 20,000 cases of atrocities against women in UP alone....In Kanpur, medical students were manhandled by aides of an MLA and later lathicharged by the police and faced brutality by them due to which doctors in the entire state are agitating...."The politics of hooliganism will not be tolerated anymore....These misdeeds say everything and I do not need to elaborate," Modi said.
He said that there were two camps in Samajwadi Party - one 'Samaj Virdohi Party' and another 'Sukhwadi Party, which is engaged in fun. Had Ram Manohar Lohia been here, he would had been pained, he said.