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SP, BSP for hung House in UP to have bargaining power: PM Narendra Modi

Ahead of the sixth phase of Uttar Pradesh state assembly election, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday dared Samajwadi party (SP), Congress and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) to do whatever they could to defeat Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP).

Addressing a rally in Mau, Modi said, “Do whatever possible to defeat BJP, but don’t ruin the future of Uttar Pradesh.”

“The SP and the BSP, after the third phase of polling, have realised that they have no chance of winning and so they have launched a new game, a new technique…even if we are defeated or our seats decrease, no one should get majority,” he said at an election rally in this eastern UP town.

“I want to tell the leaders of the SP and the BSP to try whatever means they can to defeat the BJP, there is no problem with it…but do not play with the future of UP. It has suffered a lot in the past,” Modi said in his over hour-long speech.

“You (SP, BSP) might be thinking that in case of a hung House, you will get a chance to bargain but the people of UP have shown you in the Lok Sabha polls, by ensuring a full majority to BJP, and in these elections, they will ensure that BJP  ..

What prompted PM Modi to mention about hung Assembly? Has the BJP realised that it will really be a tough task for it to win full majority in the Assembly election, which is being seen as the test of PM Modi’s ‘gamble’ of demonetisation and also as a semi-final before the 2019 general elections.

Political pundits believe that had BJP been confident of winning a clear majority in Uttar Pradesh, PM Modi would have never mentioned about possibility of a hung Assembly.

Though PM Modi repeatedly stressed at Mau rally that the BJP is capable of forming the next government in Uttar Pradesh on its own, his hung Assembly remark certainly highlights his party’s worry.

The Prime Minister also claimed that Nehru had set up a committee for eastern UP’s development but the report kept lying for 50 years and we have started work on it.

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