SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav today hit out at Narendra Modi for his oft-repeated remark that BJP will turn Uttar Pradesh into a Gujarat, saying he has the "blood of innocents" on his hands.
Mulayam asked BJP how could it select Modi as its Prime Ministerial candidate when "atrocities and massacres" were carried out in the state ruled by him, an apparent reference to the post-Godhra riots in 2002 when he was the Chief Minister of Gujarat.
"A rally is on in Gorakhpur where the chief guest is the BJP's prime ministerial candidate. They say, they'll create a Gujarat (here). But please think again, you will not be in a position to do a Gujarat. You'll do a Gujarat, commit atrocities and massacres. Because this is what you have done there," he said addressing a rally here.
"Modi is responsible for the communal riots in Gujarat. He has the blood of innocents on his hands," he added.
SP's "Desh Bachao, Desh Banao" rally was held on a day when the Gujarat Chief Minister held his rally in Gorakhpur.
Comparing the performance of the Gujarat government with that of UP, headed by his son Akhilesh, Mulayam asked the assembled crowd to find out whether the Gujarat government had given unemployment allowances, waived loans of farmers or given special facilities to women.
"They have not done any of these....You know BJP doesn't have any other work but to spread rumours," he said. Modi has often touted the Gujarat model of development for the progress of his state.
Mulayam also reiterated that no government would be formed after the Lok Sabha elections without the Samajwadi Party(SP).
Attacking Congress-led UPA government at the Centre, the former UP Chief Minister said scams and high inflation have severely hit the economy.
"Now who is responsible for the situation even after such a long time since the country gained independence. In Delhi, barring some time, it is Congress that has been ruling and it still in power. "What have they done in these five years? What has happened apart from scams? There have been scams, atrocities, inflation and corruption. Inflation and scams have brought the country to a standstill," Yadav said.
The SP chief said he has been a witness to several discussions on scams and inflation in Lok Sabha but it has not given any result.
"So many discussion were held on scams. And in every session there was a discussion on inflation. But they could not control inflation. It is because of inflation that thousands lost their lives and with regret I say, this happened even in UP," he said.