UP polls: Not ‘kaam’ but Akhilesh’s ‘karnama bolta hai’, Modi takes dig at SP chief in Badaun

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra took a dig at Akhilesh Yadav while addressing a rally at Badaun as party of the BJP’s campaign trail for UP polls. He said instead of work, the UP chief minister’s “misdeed” is speaking.

“Akhilesh Yadav says ‘kaam bolta hai’, (but) even a child knows it is your ‘karnaama’ (misdeed) which is speaking,” the prime minister said at an election rally in Badaun on Saturday.

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He said Akhilesh branded the Mayawati government corrupt years ago and promised to send wrongdoers to jail. “Did he do so?” asked Modi.

He alleged officials close to Mayawati and those who faced graft charges were given important posts and doors were opened for more corruption.

“What kind of officials were posted in Noida?” Modi asked apparantly talking about Yadav Singh – former engineer-in-chief of Noida Authority, Greater Noida Authority and Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority – who owned huge property disproportionate to his known sources of income.

The prime minister launched a tirade of attacks on the Congress-SP alliance ahead of assembly elections.

“Those opposed to each other have come together on one issue when I waged war on blackmoney as they felt they were losing foothold,” he added.

Modi said Akhilesh asks whether ‘achche din’ (good days) have come. “If people say they (achche din) have not come, he (Akhilesh Yadav) is responsible because he is the chief minister for past 5 years…it is the BSP and the Congress which are responsible,” he said.

Earlier, the SP National President had ridiculed the ‘achche din’ promise of the prime minister, saying instead of good days, people got ‘jhadu’ (broom) or were asked to do yoga.

Modi confidently said the BJP will form the government in UP. “In one month, new govt will be formed in the state… things have started to change with results of three MLC polls in favour of BJP,” he added.

The first phase of the seven-phased assembly elections in UP is underway in at 73 seats of 15 districts in western Uttar Pradesh. A total of 839 candidates are trying their luck in the 73 seats.

With an aim to ensure free and fair election, the Election Commission is extensively using information technology, said officials. The ‘third eye’ of the poll panel was keeping a close tab on each and every movement at 14,514 polling centres through 2,362 digital cameras, 1,526 video cameras and 2,857 web cameras, the EC said.

There have so far been no reports of any poll violence as 2.60 crore voters venture out to cast their franchise in the first phase.

(With PTI inputs)

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