UP Trans­for­ma­tion In­com­plete, SP-Cong Will To­gether Do It Now, Says Rahul

Says both will chase away BJP and RSS from UP, while BSP is not even in the fight ‘Main Ne­taji ka saaya hun. Lo­hia ka...’: Akhilesh’s Lat­est Poll Pitch

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Agra: Cred­it­ing Akhilesh Ya­dav for work­ing in Ut­tar Pradesh “with all his heart”, Rahul Gandhi on Fri­day in a joint road show in Agra said the work to to­tally transform Ut­tar Pradesh was in­com­plete and both of them will do so if their al­liance comes to power.

Akhilesh Ya­dav and Rahul Gandhi’s three-hour long joint road show in Agra city, which lies at the cusp of the West and Braj re­gions of Ut­tar Pradesh, sent out a strong state­ment from the al­liance ahead of the cru­cial Phase-I of polls on Fe­bru­ary 11. This polling day in 73 seats of West UP will see a par­al­lel road show by the two lead­ers in Varanasi, Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra

Mu­layam Singh Ya­dav has staged a strong come­back in Sa­ma­jwadi Party’s elec­tion cam­paign. Just over a week ahead of the first phase of polling in the seven-phase assem­bly elec­tion, a new cam­paign song ti­tled ‘Akhilesh Ha­mara (our Akhilesh)’ refers to Chief Min­is­ter Akhilesh Ya­dav as the “shadow” of his fa­ther and party pa­tri­arch, a marked el­e­va­tion from the pre­vi­ous video song ‘Kaam Bolta Hai (work speaks)’ which fea­tured some vi­su­als of Ya­dav se­nior.

An ear­lier cam­paign song, ‘Main Akhilesh Ya­dav Bol Raha hun (this is Akhilesh Ya­dav speak­ing)’, un­veiled by the CM amid the fam­ily feud, did not fea­ture his fa­ther at all. “Main Ne­taji ka saaya hun, Lo­hia ka sar­maya hun (I am Ne­taji’s shadow, Ram Manohar Lo­hia’s in­her­i­tor),” says the new two-and-a-half minute song, re­leased by the CM’s close aide Su­nil Singh Ya­dav.

The song goes on to con­vey that Akhilesh has the bless­ings of his elders, who are al­ways with him —“Sar pe hai haath buzur­gon ka, har dum hai saath buzur­gon ka”.

The new song ex­horts vot­ers to give Akhilesh an­other chance. “Ek baar mu­jhe phir dil do, sabka pyara Akhilesh hun mein, pra­gati ka san­desh hun mein (Give me love once more, I am Akhilesh, the mes­sage of de­vel­op­ment)”. Modi’s con­stituency. This will be a re­peat of a road show done by Congress Pres­i­dent So­nia Gandhi in Varanasi last year. “This will be a di­rect chal­lenge thrown to the PM as vot­ers cast their bal­lot in East UP,” a source said.

Speak­ing to sup­port­ers after the road show, Gandhi said he and Akhilesh were ‘yuva’ aim­ing to change UP. “We will change UP. After five years, you will say you are not able to recog­nise UP. In last 5 years, Akhilesh ne dil se kaam kiya hai. Par UP ko badalne ka kaam abhi baaki hai. Hum dono milkar UP ko badlenge (Akhilesh worked with all heart in last 5 years but work to transform UP is in­com­plete. We will now to­gether transform UP),” Gandhi said. He said both of them will chase away BJP and RSS from UP and said he would not like to speak any­thing on BSP as “they are not even in the fight”.

The 12-km road show got good re­sponse and the city was plas­tered with joint Rahul-Akhilesh hoard­ings. “Rahul Gandhi and I have come to­gether to also change the path of na­tional pol­i­tics. BJP only spreads poi­son,” Akhilesh Ya­dav told sup­port­ers.

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