With “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikaas”, Modi asks for full majority for BJP in Lucknow Rally

LUCKNOW: PM Modi on Monday during his rally in Lucknow jabbed at the crisis infighting within the ruling Samajwadi Party wondering how a party embroiled in “saving [a] family” could restore power in the State, without going into specifics about the stratagem in the party by the faction led by Akhilesh Yadav.

“Will they save UP?” the Prime Minister asked a massive crowd here at the Rambai grounds addressing a maha parivartan rally. The spacious maidan has traditionally been a hunting ground of Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati who is often billed as the only leader capable of filling the ground to capacity.

Taking a dig at the major parties in fray, Mr. Modi said, “If a party was for the last 15 years unsuccessfully trying to establish the “son,” another one was busy safeguarding its money in banks.” The third party, Mr. Modi said, was embroiled in “saving a family.” Just before Mr. Modi spoke, Home Minister Rajnath Singh also took a dig at the infighting within the SP.

“Only the BJP can and wants to save the State,” Mr. Modi told the crowd, claiming that there had been no development in Uttar Pradesh since the BJP lost power more than a decade back. Referring to the period of 14 years the BJP was out of power in UP, Mr. Modi stressed it was not a vanvaas (exile) of his party but that of the development in the State. “That 14 year exile will end,” Mr. Modi promised, as he sought a full majority government for his party in 2017. “The parivartan (change) needs to be total, like the mandate he secured at the Centre in 2014,” he stressed.

“Do not leave anything incomplete in Uttar Pradesh. There must be no obstacles in changing the fate of UP. The entire force in Delhi is with you,” the Prime Minister said. He said his was the only government in the last three decades which had only one “high command,” the people.

Modi ratified his stand by urging people to rise above caste and identity, and vote in the name of development, adding that they had faced all games of caste and identity. “If you want to change the fate of India, the first condition is to change the fate of UP,” he said.

Slamming the ruling party for chaos, lawlessness and hooliganism in the State, Mr. Modi said “While in power we showed this. Give us a chance and we promise to give you a life of peace and happiness.”

In his first rally in Uttar Pradesh, 50 days after demonetization,  Modi said the issue had united political opponents. Referring to the SP and BSP, he said both were raising the same slogans, “‘Modi ko badlo, Modi ko hatao” (Change Modi, remove Modi). “I am talking about fighting corruption and black money, You have to decide, brothers and sisters. They say Modi hatao (remove Modi), I say remove black money and corruption. The people of the country need to decide,” the Prime Minister said.

Ending his speech, he urged the party workers to consider the upcoming polls as not an ordinary election but as a “responsibility” and “obligation” to bring a “change in the real sense” by fulfilling the common people’s dreams, and towards the fight against black money and corruption, and equal treatment to everyone.