Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday addressed a mega rally in Uttar Pradesh capital Lucknow. In his first rally in the state after the 50-day deadline on demonetisation, PM Modi said it was imperative for Uttar Pradesh to develop for India to progress in every sense. Taking a jibe at Opposition, especially Congress, SP and BSP, PM Modi said both the Uttar Pradesh parties want to remove me but I say remove corruption and Parivarwad, give chance to deserving people.
“When BSP says sun is rising, SP will say son is rising. But both agree on ‘Modi hatao’,” PM Modi said.
Addressing a rally, Modi said, “There should not be any surprise in guessing who will win in the upcoming Uttar Pradesh assembly polls. Some people are saying this election will end BJP’s vanvas in UP. We do not see it through that prism. It is not about BJP but about UP,” said Modi.
Appealing people to vote, Modi said, “When you will vote in this election, look at the development and future of Uttar Pradesh, forgetting all caste and creed.”
“There is one party with minimal presence in UP, that is trying for 15 years to establish their leader but with little success. There is another party trying to save money and there is one more party trying to save their own family,” the PM said at what the BJP has dubbed the ‘Parivartan Rally’ or the rally for change.
In a ploy to woo sizeable Dalit population in the state, PM Modi invoked BR Ambedkar by linking his name to newly launched Bharat Interface for Money (BHIM) App. PM Modi also hit out at the opposition saying, “Will politics stoop so low? Why were some people troubled when we launched a mobile app after Bhimrao Ambedkar.”
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah, senior leaders Rajnath Singh, Kalraj Mishra and Uma Bharti are among those attended the rally.
The people from every nook and corner of the state including Awadh, Kanpur and Brij regions have arrived in Lucknow despite the winter chill.
The rally is seen as a culmination of the four Parivartan yatras carried out by the BJP in the state recently.
It will be the first rally by Prime Minister Modi after the expiry of 50-day grace period of demonetisation on December 30.