New Delhi: The war of words between political leaders campaigning in different parts of Uttar Pradesh ahead of the fourth phase of the seven phased assembly elections here took an ugly turn on Monday, because of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s “donkey” jibe.
While addressing a public gathering in Rae Bareli, Yadav asked Bollowood actor Amitabh Bachchan that the latter should stop advertising for “donkeys” of Gujarat. He mocked the advertisement of Gujarat tourism department and described it at length via poetry.
“Ek gadhe ka vigyapan aata hai, main is sadi ke sabse bade mahanayak se kahunga ke ab aap Gujarat ke gadhon ka prachar mat kariye (The advertisement of Gujarat features donkeys; I would like to tell the superstar (Amitabh Bachchan who is the brand ambassador of Gujarat tourism) not to advertise the donkeys of Gujarat),” the CM said in an overt attack on PM Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah.
Yadav lashed out at the PM after latter took a dig at all opposition parties on Sunday in his rally at Fatehpur rally, where he had accused the UP government of doing discrimination. “Gaon men qabristan banta hai to smashan bhi banna chahiye; Ramzan men bijli aati hai to diwali men bhi aani chahiye. Bhed bhav nahin hona chahiye (If a graveyard is built in a village, a cremation ground should also be constructed there; if electricity is supplied there in Ramazan, it should also be given in Diwali. There should be no descrimination),” the PM had said in the rally.
In another jibe, Akhilesh hit out at PM’s radio programme ‘Mann Ki Baat’ and said, “It’s high time the PM stops doing Mann Ki baat and focuses on important things”.
Akhilesh also said, “Modiji respects Ganga a lot, I would like ask him to swear and tell if Varanasi receives 24 hours of electricity or not.”
The SP had earlier branded the PM and Shah as “terrorists”, adding that they were trying to mislead voters in Uttar Pradesh to gather support for the party.
“Narendra Modi and Amit Shah are polluting the political atmosphere of the country. They are terrorists, they create terror,” SP’s spokesman Rajendra Chaudhary told the media on Sunday.
However, the BJP said that Akhilesh Yadav had “crossed all limits of decency by targeting Gujarat with his donkey remarks”, PM Modi appears to be no saint. He too been accused of stooping low through his below the belt comments he made at several occasions during the BJP’s campaign trail in UP. Today, he mocked at Mayawati’s opposition to note ban, saying the BSP is no longer Bahujan Samaj Party but “Behenji Sampatti Party”.
The remarks prompted BSP chief to hit back, defining Narendra Damodardas Modi as “Mr Negative Dalit Man”.
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Kick-starting the BJP’s poll campaign from Meerut, Modi had asked the people in Uttar Pradesh to “rid the state of SCAM — S for Samajwadi (party), C for Congress, A for Akhilesh (Yadav) and M for Mayawati”, saying they have to choose between development agenda of BJP and those who give shelter to criminals, indulge in vote bank politics and encourage land and mine mafias.