Modi makes impassioned plea to voters as UP polls reach cresendo

PM has 'grown old'; state will get a govt of youth: Rahul
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6 Mar 2017

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today made an impassioned plea to voters to defeat SP-Congress combine and BSP, blaming these parties for the plight of Uttar Pradesh, as he wrapped up his hectic campaign for Assembly polls.

Addressing a rally at Khushipur village in Rohaniya assembly segment, 25 kms from the city, Modi, who has been campaigning in his Lok Sabha constituency here for three days, repeated the promise of waiving farmers' loans and restoring professionalism of the police force if BJP comes to power in the state. Describing himself as a person who "has experienced poverty and therefore wants to improve the lot of the poor", the PM said his government was aiming at providing houses to every single household in the country by 2022, when the country celebrates 75 years of Independence. The Prime Minister began his 45-minute-long speech with a special mention of Apna Dal and Bharatiya Samaj Party, which are fighting 20 of the 403 seats in UP in alliance with the BJP.

Meanwhile, claiming that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has "grown old" and must be "feeling tired", Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi today said his party and ally SP would form a "government of youth" in Uttar Pradesh.
This government of youth, Gandhi claimed, will make UP "the factory of the world" and even former first lady of the USA Michelle Obama would find 'Made in Jaunpur' embossed over her kitchen utensils. "Prime Minister Narendra Modi has grown old, and hence a government of the youth will be formed in UP. And this government will make the state -- the factory of the world. Products with 'Made in Uttar Pradesh' embossed on them will be made available throughout the world," he said.
Continuing his jibe, the Congress leader claimed that since Modi has grown old, he must be feeling tired. "I told Akhilesh that we must extend some help to Modiji. Let's give him some time...some moments of peace. You (Akhilesh) become the chief minister, and he (Modi) would get some rest," he said.

Taking a dig at the PM's roadshows in Varanasi, Gandhi said: "Repeated re-takes of Modiji's film are taking place." In four days, there have been four re-takes, but things did not materialise, he said. "Two days ago there was a roadshow, it did not yield desirable results, then there was a roadshow yesterday, it too did not result in anything positive. I heard that today Modiji is walking on foot," said the Congress vice president, taking a swipe.