Battleground UP: Modi taunts Mulayam in Gorakhpur, says he 'doesn't have guts'

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"I am very happy that both father-son duo chase me wherever I go in UP," Modi said hinting at Samajwadi Party's and his rallies coinciding on the same day in Uttar Pradesh. On Thursday, while Modi was addressing the rally at Gorakhpur, Mulayam addressed a rally at Varansi.

Earlier, Modi's Agra rally also clashed with SP chief's Bareilly rally.

"Today Netaji has challenged me at a rally at Varanasi," Modi said and added quoting SP chief that he would not allow Modi to make UP into Gujarat. "Netaji, do you know the meaning of converting UP into Gujarat? It means 24-hour electricity, no power cut for 365 days in every village and street. You can't do it. You don't have the guts to make UP as Gujarat. It requires 56-inch chest," Modi said, amidst rapturous applause and sloganeering by a largely pro-active crowd at Maanbela area in Gorakhpur.

Mulayam, like at Varanasi rally on Thursday, had been attacking Modi saying that the BJP's prime ministerial candidate wants to turn UP into Gujarat, apparently hinting at Post-Godhra riots of 2002.

"The Samajwadi Party cannot provide safety for the people people. Even women are unsafe, there is lack of development. Netaji ki haisiyat nahin hai ki woh UP ko Gujarat bana dein," the Guajarat chief minister said. "Becoming Gujarat means 10% agriculture growth for 10 years continuously unlike tumbling at 3-4% agriculture growth," Modi further mocked.

As has been visible in the past Modi rallies, even from the land represented by BJP MP Yogi Adityanath, the known torch-bearer of Hindutva in eastern UP, the BJP's PM hopeful, barring making an indirect reference to the communal clashes in Uttar Pradesh, stayed away from raking up issues close to the Sangh Pariwar's core ideology.

Holding up his Gujarat model of development while hitting out at Yadav family, Modi said that Netaji was right in saying that UP will not be allowed to be Gujarat, which has seen peace and prosperity for the past one decade. This is, however, not the case with UP, Modi said, probably hinting at several communal clashes that have taken place in the state in the past two years of the SP government.

However, Yogi Adityanath, who ended up taking all the credit for the huge crowd turnout, did raise the issue of Muslim appeasement being adopted by SP government and terrorist infiltration through porous India-Nepal border.

Interestingly, Yogi also tried to present a new form of Hindutva when he said that the ground is surrounded by around a dozen-odd Muslim dominated villages. Not only this, to make the rally a huge success, the Muslims have actively participated, he said. Yogi infact became the first leader other than Rajnath Singh to address the crowd in the presence of Modi unlike in the previous five rallies.

Earlier, Modi, while making an appeal before the people for BJP's win in the Lok Sabha election, also made a scathing attack at Congress and said that the people have already decided in favour of "Congress mukt Bharat". "The huge turnout at each of the rallies in UP is a testimony to the fact," Modi said and added that every BJP rally in UP is breaking the record of crowd turnout set in the previous rally.

"People of the country have given 60 years to rulers. Now, they should give 60 months to a servant. I promise the people that if the BJP is given 60 months, we will bring prosperity in the life of the people," Modi said. People must shun votebank politics of Congress.

Modi also hit out at Congress for "chai-wala" barbs, claiming that the Congress-led UPA was making mockery of the poor while using them only as vote bank. "I have been wondering for long as to why poverty has not been eradicated despite the poor favouring the Congress for past 60 years," Modi said and added, "Now I have got the answer. The Congress's political future lies in keeping them poor."
Modi said it was because of the party's anti-poor mentality that none of Congress leader is able to digest a tea-seller, son of a poor mother raising his head before them.

The state of UP is important for all Political parties in the run-up to Lok Sabha election as it sends maximum number of for 80 MPs to Lok Sabha. For BJP, it is all the more important as the party had stuck at 10 MPs for the past one decade despite sending 57 MPs in 1998.

National BJP chief Rajnath Singh also attacked SP government for communal violence in the state and urged the people not to look at the BJP's candidate but focus on making Modi as PM.

Interestingly, this is the second time, Rajnath has made this statement afer making similar requests at Varanasi rally. Political observers feel that national BJP chief is making pre-ticket distribution efforts to check any resentment that might brew after candidates are declared.
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