New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a public gathering in Kannauj on on Wednesday as part of his UP elections campaign trail where he sought to sow the seeds of rift between allies the Samajwadi Party and the Congress by raking up the “assassination attempt” on Mulayam Singh in 1984 in which a Congress leader was allegedly involved.
The prime minister had to face an embarrassing situation when a group of people created noisy disturbance and began raising slogans – Narendra Modi Murdabad. Initially, he pleaded the people to stop sloganeering and maintain silence. But when the agitators refused to listen him, he got visibly agitated and asked “in sajjan ko kya takleef hai bhai, kya takleef hai inhen (What is the problem these gentlemen have)?”.
Though what happened later is not known because the video, which has now gone viral, ends there only.
But the commotion was not seen in the live telecast of the speech perhaps because the feed news channels get are provided by the party, which deputes its own camera persons to focus separately on the Prime Minister and the crowd.
Janta Ka Reporter does not official confirm the authenticity of the video clip making the round on the social media.
Addressing the rally, he questioned SP chief Akhilesh Yadav how he could form a coalition with “those who tried to murder” his father.
On March 4, 1984, Mulayam Singh’s car was fired at by some persons while he was on his way from Etawah to Lucknow and the name of a strong Congress leader had figured in the case.
Modi said Akhilesh Yadav lacked experience and hence did not know, unlike his father, how “cunning Congress people are”.
Mocking the alliance between the SP and the Congress, Modi likened it to a movie in which rivals befriend each other after the “interval”. “I want to ask how Akhilesh forgot the attack carried out on Mulayam Yadav by Congress in 1984… What can be more shameful than befriending those who tried to murder one’s father?…,” said Modi.
Recalling the incident, Modi said, “Fed up of attacks by Mulayam Singh as Leader of the Opposition in Vidhan Parishad, the Congress got shots fired at him on March 4, 1984 but he scraped through… I want to tell Akhilesh that he should have remembered this before sitting in the lap of Congress.”
Reaching out to voters in Kannauj which falls in the Lok Sabha constituency represented by Akhilesh’s wife Dimple Yadav, Modi said, “SP-Cong tie-up will shatter your dreams.”
(With PTI inputs)