LUCKNOW: With UP elections all set to enter the proverbial ‘Yadav’ belt, the big guns have unleashed their firepower to the fullest. While Prime Minister Narendra Modi delved into the annals of contemporary political history to remind chief minister Akhilesh Yadav that he was allying with a party which conspired to kill his father, the latter targeted both the BJP and the BSP cautioning voters the two can join hands after elections.
“UP voters should not trust BSP as it might join hands with BJP after the Assembly elections,” Akhilesh said in Unnao. “Buaji (aunty - Mayawati) is saying she will sit in the opposition if she is unable to form government. Elections are not over yet, but she is ready to sit in the opposition. She cannot be relied upon. She can join hands with anyone,” he stated.
In a desperate bid to win over a large number of Muslim voters in Phase II, BSP chief Mayawati on Tuesday said she would rather sit in the opposition instead of joining hands with the BJP if her government is not able to win a majority.
Speaking at a rally in Kannauj on Wednesday, Modi said Akhilesh had taken politics to its lowest level in UP by joining hands with the Congress, which conspired to kill his father Mulayam Singh Yadav on March 4, 1984. “Kya raajneeti itni gir gayi hai ke kursi ke moh mein iss prakaar ke kaand kiye jaaye (has politics stooped to such level such a step should be taken to remain in power,” Modi questioned.
Recalling the incident, the Modi added, “Fed up of attacks by Mulayam Singh as leader of the opposition in Vidhan Parishad, Congress got shots fired at him on March 4, 1984; but he survived.”
Calling the SP-Congress alliance an opportunistic tie-up, the PM referred to it as a pact between two political families which was stitched for political gains. “This alliance will shatter all your dreams,” Modi cautioned. Later, Akhilesh Yadav said it was an alliance, not between two families but between two youngsters who wanted to work for the development of the people of the state.
However, both the Prime Minister and the BSP chief minced no words in attacking the Akhilesh government over poor law and order situation, lack of development and prevailing corruption, which, they claimed, had crossed all limits during the last five years.
On the contrary, addressing a series of public rallies, BSP chief Mayawati launched a multi-pronged attack on the BJP and the SP indicating collusion between the two parties in the state. Calling the PM’s dig at Akhilesh a mere hogwash, Mayawati was seen cautioning the UP voters.