PM Modi mocks Rahul, Akhilesh over alliance

Posted February 12, 2017

Modi, who has been accused by Congress of using foul language and repeatedly humiliating opposition after his raincoat jibe against former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, persisted with his shrill attack on rivals saying they have only served their families.

Modi, who has stepped up his attack on Akhilesh in recent da ys, also said that the Chief Minister is to be blamed if people of the state which he ruled for five years do not see "achche din".

Rahul and Samajwadi President Akhilesh Yadav released the Common Minimum Programme at a joint press conference in Lucknow.

The various party leaders have also promised development, with Mr Yadav, who had promised bicycles and laptops in earlier elections, this time offering young people free smartphones.

Voting will be staggered over several weeks, with results out on March 11, and pollsters put the BJP neck and neck with Yadav's Samajwadi Party and Congress.

Modi's nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) swept to victory in Uttar Pradesh three years ago, and the election in the state that follows the shore of the river Ganges will set the tone for the 2019 national elections.

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"The results will tell us whether Modi continues to enjoy unquestioned support or if it has started to erode", said R.K. Mishra, an independent political analyst based in the state capital, Lucknow.

Going scorching with Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi, Prime Minister Narendtra Moldi on Friday called him the "most joked about politician" and even his party leaders want to stay away from him. It's probably the only time in the country's 70-year history that one man was involved in most of the financial decisions taken over 35 years.

Targeting Modi, Akhilesh asked what he has given to Uttar Pradesh which elected 70 of the BJP's Lok Sabha members. The chief minister also said everyone's horoscope was available on the internet.

The party won four out of the six assembly seats here in the 2012 assembly elections, while the remaining two went to Bahujan Samaj Party.

When contacted, Additional District Magistrate (city) Jitendra Singh said a notice was served to the local congress party leader yesterday as they had not contacted the administration about the road show.

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