Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, while addressing a rally in Sitapur on Thursday, said that Mr Modi had made the entire nation stand in queues because he wanted to grant favour to his 50-odd rich friends.
■ We are trying to take India to new heights, but this can not be done without Uttar Pradesh.
Highlighting the problems faced by the State and its national importance, Mr. Modi said poverty would be removed from the country only when it was eradicated from U.P. "I have taken the responsibility of bringing change in their lives".
The Prime Minister also said that despite being born in Gujarat he had chosen Uttar Pradesh as his land of vocation, drawing a parallel with Lord Krishna who was born in Uttar Pradesh but made Gujarat his "karma bhoomi".
"Though I am an adopted son of Uttar Pradesh, I am not the one who will ditch his maai-baap", he said. He also accused that the police stations have been converted into SP offices and the policemen take permission from SP leaders to file any complaint.
Two phases of the polls are already over with the third phase is likely to go for polls on 19 February. Gandhi further hit out at the Prime Minister over the demonetisation drive saying that the latter should listen to the plight of the people.Gandhi yesterday launched a scathing attack at Prime Minister Modi, saying that work is not the latter's cup of tea.
He reiterated that the BJP, if voted to power, will waive farmers' loans on the first day of the formation of the government.
■ Without freeing Uttar Pradesh from the clutches of SP, Bahujan Samaj Party and Congress, the state can not develop. "Those who have run their government in this way do not have the right to survive [in power] for even a minute more", the Prime Minister said. He said, "I could see a saffron sea in front of me".
The results for Uttar Pradesh along with Uttarakhand, Punjab, Goa and Manipur will be announced on 11 March.