Uttar Pradesh elections 2017: Varanasi gears up for heavyweights

Cheryl Sanders
March 4, 2017

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today slammed the opposition Congress and Samajwadi Party (SP) for "questioning the country's army and the surgical strikes" and called the SP "corrupt and good-for-nothing" and a party that has "scant regard for the safety of women".

"The Prime Minister conducted a roadshow at Varanasi for about 7 km without the necessary permission from the competent authority", the complaint said. "Why politicise issues of national security", Modi said at the rally.

Modi reportedly also spoke about the "success" of demonetisation at the rally. The politically-crucial constituency, Varanasi, goes to polls on March 8.

"Modi talked of making Benaras a Kyoto city, give each house clean drinking water, fly luxury planes over Ganga and to set up a Bhojpuri film city here", said Rahul asking if the city got any of these things till now despite lapse of over three years since he became the PM. "When people do good deeds they chant the Gayatri mantra. We will form government in Uttar Pradesh, will waive loans of small farmers", he said.

The BJP in fact fell back on polarisation politics on Thursday, with Mr Amit Shah's road show at Gorakhpur passing Muslim dominated areas Kasraghat and Alinagar with the slogans - "Ek hi naara, ek hi naara, Jai Sri Ram, Jai Sri Ram", and "Gorakhpur mein rehna hai, Yogi Yogi kehna hai", renting the air. The road show, which covered a distance of five kilometres, revived memories of a similar event when Modi filed his nominations for the 2014 Lok Sabha election in Varanasi.

He also took a dig at the Congress-SP alliance claiming, "One of them has the expertise in destroying India, while the other has the expertise in destroying Uttar Pradesh".

Mocking economists, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said "hard work is more powerful than Harvard" as the latest GDP data shows demonetisation did not affect growth rate, rather the figures improved.

Mayawati, while holding a rally on the outskirts around Rohaniya said, "BJP and Samajwadi-Congress are competing for second and third places in Uttar Pradesh".

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