AZAMGARH: Launching a fresh attack against BSP and the ruling SP in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi today said while the "elephant" has eaten all the money, the "cycle" is standing "punctured" in the state.
"Haathi saara paisa kha gaya. Hathi ko apne maar ke bhaga diya (elephant--the election symbol of BSP--ate all the money and then you chased it out)," Gandhi said while addressing a public meeting on the sixth day of his yatra.
"Phir aap cycle (SP's election symbol) laaye. Ye paanch saal se phansi hui hai, hil nahi rahi hai. Uska tyre puncture hai aur apko ration card nahi dila pa rahi hai (Then you voted for SP's cycle which has been stranded for past five years.
It's tyre is punctured and is not moving. The party could not provide ration cards to you)," he said attacking SP.
Appealing to people to vote for Congress in the upcoming elections, Rahul said, "Now you should think about the hand (Congress's election symbol) and then see what we do about ration (cards) and farmers," he said.
The Gandhi scion, who is on his 2500 km 'Deoria to Dilli yatra' to connect with the masses in the run-up to the 2017 state Assembly polls, resumed his yatra from Azamgarh and after holding series of meeting in Mau he will reach Ghazipur.
Azamgarh is parliamentary constituency of SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav
Rahul had yesterday targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his "frequent" foreign visits.
"Modiji apni duniya mein mast rehte hain...jaisa mainey kaha tha 'janata trast, Modiji mast' (Modiji is happy in his own world. As I had said earlier, the public is in trouble but Modiji is happy)...his attention is either in America or Japan.
"He made tall promises that everyone will get Rs 15 lakh in their bank accounts, the youth will get employment and bullet trains will be run. When will they get Rs 15 lakh? When will the youth get employment and bullet trains? Even the regular train fares have been hiked," he had said.
Rahul had yesterday taken a jibe at SP, saying "the cycle (SP's poll symbol), voted to power by the people (in the last Uttar Pradesh Assembly election), was not moving".
"You removed the elephant (BSP's poll symbol) and brought the cycle...but the cycle is stationary," he told a gathering at Khetasaria here. "Do not know if it (the cycle) has a puncture or is tied from behind or broken, but it is not moving," he added.