Modi advises UP voters to get rid of SP-Cong tie-up and Mayawati; dubs them as 'SCAM'

Cong hits back, asks PM to give account of work done by him
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Meerut
4 Feb 2017

In his first rally in Uttar Pradesh after polls were announced, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today alleged the corrupt he had "robbed" with note-ban have ganged up to bring him down and targeted the SP-Congress alliance, saying the two parties which abused each other till recently are now locked in an embrace to save themselves.

Modi asked the people in Uttar Pradesh to "rid the state of SCAM - S for Samajwadi (party), C for Congress, A for Akhilesh (Yadav) and M for Mayawati", saying they have to choose between development agenda of BJP and those who give shelter to criminals, indulge in vote bank politics and encourage land and mine mafias. In his over-an-hour-long address, he spoke at length about corruption, law and order and nepotism allegedly prevailing in the state as he sought people's vote for BJP to change the state's fate. "It is UP which made me the Prime Minister," Modi said, adding that he wanted to repay its debt and that he can do it only with a government that joins hands with the Centre to develop the state unlike the current dispensation which is a "hindrance" in its progress. Attacking Congress and Samajwadi Party, he said Congress ran a campaign against the Samajwadi Party government and wondered as to what happened that both have now joined hands.

"What happened that overnight they are embracing each. Those who could not save themselves cannot save UP," he said.
Wooing farmers, he reiterated the party's promise of waiving loans of small and marginal farmers and paying the dues of sugarcane growers within 14 days of coming to power. Playing the pro-poor and pro-farmers card, a plank BJP has assiduously tried to claim for some time, Modi said the recent budget was all about them besides the middle class. Noting that the rebellion against the British rule in 1857 had started from Meerut, the Prime Minister said he has chosen this place to start the war against poverty, corrupt forces and land grabbers.

The Prime Minister again attacked the opposition parties over demonetisation and surgical strikes to strike a chord with the audience as he said he was determined to cleanse the system at the top and was not interested in small fights. "Those who filled rooms with currency notes collected by selling party tickets are very anguished as I forced them to deposit their money in banks with an announcement at 8 pm on November 8...."I knew they will all gang up against me. They will kick up a storm because Modi has robbed them and they will bring him down. "Do you think that corruption should be ended and black money finished off? I have been doing this and will not rest nor will let these robbers rest. No matter how many of them gang up to oppose me, my fight will not stop. Modi will not stop," he said.

Congress today hit back at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for dubbing his political rivals in Uttar Pradesh as "SCAM", saying it does not behove a PM to use such words and, instead, he should give an account of the work done by him. "Instead of delivering or what the road map ahead is, we hear him (Modi) speak on abbreviations. He is extremely worried because he has realised the faults what demonetization has done across the country," Congress spokesperson Tom Vadakkan told newspersons. Vadakkan also asked the Prime Minister to take back his words in which he said Indian Army carried out surgical strikes in Pakistan territory, as the strikes took place in PoK which was very much a part of India.

"The Prime Minister is very keen to use English abbreviations and he used 'SCAM' to attack his political rivals. We will tell you what 'SCAM' means in Hindi - it is 'satta bhogi, kapti dhongi Amit Shah Modi'," he said. Vadakkan came out with similar taunts for BJP calling it "bhagoda jugadu party", "bhai bhateejawad party", "bhaichara jalao party", "bhrashtachar jagao party" and "bhramjaal jagao party". BSP Chief Mayawati too lashed out at the Prime Minister, saying that it is indicative of his party's petty casteist mentality. In a statement issued here, Mayawati said: "it is unbecoming of a person sitting on the post of Prime Minister to take names of individuals for his political fight..it shows his petty casteist mentality."

"Prime Minister's speech also shows the level of animosity BJP government and its ideologue RSS has towards dalits, backwards and their communal hatred...it also proves the frustration of BJP because of its bad position in the UP vidhan sabha polls as Modi is taking the name of individual (Mayawati) in his speech," the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister said.