Don't vote on caste lines, PM tells UP voters

Lucknow
2 Jan 2017

Urging people of Uttar Pradesh to rise above caste considerations in the upcoming Assembly polls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today attacked rival parties, saying those preoccupied with saving black money and their families cannot bring development.

Targeting Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Samajwadi Party (SP), the PM said the two never see eye-to-eye on any issue but are now together demanding his removal as he is working to root out black money. "Have you ever seen SP and BSP together..if SP says it is sunrise, the BSP will say it is sunset. After so many years both have come together on an issue and are saying 'Modi ko badlo' (change Modi), 'Modi ko hatao' (remove Modi) but Modi is saying change your notes, remove black money," he said at party's mahaparivartan rally here.

The Prime Minister also took a swipe at Congress saying, "There are some parties which are nowhere in picture. There is one party which has been trying in vain for the last 15 years to establish the son." There is another party "whose worry is where to keep money. It is looking for banks far and wide," the Prime Minister said in an apparent dig at Mayawati-led BSP, which has come under scanner for alleged huge bank deposits post demonetisation.

"There is this third party, which is using all its strength to focus on the family's fate," he said referring to the feud in Mulayam Singh Yadav's clan."People of UP have to decide if a party, whose leaders are busing saving their money, will be able to save UP. Or the party which is completely occupied in family (infighting) will be able to save UP.