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
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.