A day after being accused by the opposition parties of indulging in communal politics, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today stuck to the development agenda, promising a slew of developmental strategies for the poverty stricken Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh.
While addressing a ralley in Orai in Uttar Pradesh, Modi promised that if elected to power in the state, BJP will create a Bundelkhand Development Board to address the issue of the region.
He also raised the illegal mining issue in the region and promised to form a special squad to check the illegal mining which he said is being flourished due to the nexus of politial parties and illegal miners.
Yesterday, at a campaign rally in Fatehpur in Uttar Pradesh, Modi said "Agar Ramzan mein bijli aati hai, to Diwali me bhi aani chahiye, bhedbhav nahi hona chahiye (If there is electricity during Ramzan, it must also be available during Diwali, there should be no discrimination)."
He then also said "if there's a 'kabaristaan' (graveyard), there should be a 'shamshaan' (cremation ground) too", PTI and ANI reported.
This particular comments were racked by the opposition. Congress has even filed a complaint against Modi with the Election Commission (EC).
Slamming the opposition parties, Modi said the successive governments failed to develop the region even after 70 years of independence.
"If you want to develop the Bundlekhand region in just five years which could not happen in last 70 years, you need to have a BJP government in the state," Modi told voters.
"Bundlekhand has got everything but unfortunately you elected such govts that those CMS, ministers, govts, MLAs destroyed you. SP ,BSP, Congress all these are faces of the same coin," the PM said.
Attacking BSP, he said that the party has now become just "Behenji" from "Bahujan". Modi also accused BSP for amassing ill-gotten wealth which the party, he said, had deposited after demonetisation schme was announced last November.
BSP is now Behenji Sampatti Party. Can those keen on filling their own coffers solve your problems, asked PM.
Modi said both BSP and SP came together against the demonetisation scheme though they usually oppose each other on most topics.