"UP + Yogi = Upyogi": PM Narendra Modi lauds Uttar Pradesh CM
New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday laid the foundation stone of Rs 36,230 crore Ganga Expressway project in Uttar Pradesh, months before the crucial Assembly Elections in the state.
"Today...when mafias face the bulldozer, the bulldozer razes illegal construction but the pain is felt by those who nurture them. That is why the people are saying - 'UP + Yogi. Bahut hai Upyogi' (UP+ Yogi is very useful)," the Prime Minister said at the government event.
PM Modi’s comments came soon after former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav's aides were raided in different parts of the state. Akhilesh Yadav has accused BJP of misusing the Central probe agencies.
"Abhi to Income Tax department aaya hai, Enforcement Directorate aayega, CBI aayega (Right now, now the tax department has come... the Enforcement Directorate will come, CBI will come) but the cycle (the Samajwadi Party's poll symbol) will not stop," he said in what seemed like a dare to the government.
Hours later, PM Modi targeted the former CMs and said, "Earlier how the money of the people has been used, and in what manner... you have seen it ... but today the money of UP is being used for development work. Earlier these projects started on paper so they could fill their coffers. Today, these projects are ensuring your money is saved and is in your pocket."
"There are some political parties that have a problem with the country's heritage and progress.. problem with heritage because they have a vote bank headache. The problem with progress is these people cannot make the poor always dependent on them. These people have a problem with the Kashi Vishwanath Dham, the Ram temple in Ayodhya," PM Modi added.
On the other hand, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi led the anti-inflation rally in his former Lok Sabha constituency Amethi where he criticised the government over various policy decisions.