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Modi’s magic works only on TV, Gujarat, says Akhilesh

Dismissing the possibility of any impact of Narendra Modi in Uttar Pradesh, chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday said his elevation will not cast a magic spell as his Gujarat counterpart is hardly acquainted with UP politics.

‘Modi’s elevation and his magic will not cast a spell in Uttar Pradesh as Modi is hardly acquainted with the nitty-gritty of UP politics and people of the state hardly know him. His magic only works on television and Gujarat. I don’t want to say anything further,’ he said.

Yadav, who was asked to comment on BJP’s efforts to return to power at the Centre focusing on his state, said Uttar Pradesh had always restricted communal parties which try to divide the society and nation at large.

Asked if Modi’s elevation had created panic among minorities, he said Samajvadi Party had always faced communal forces and UP always supported secular parties.

He said people in UP have always taken prudent decisions on issues of secularism, farmers and national security.

To a query, he said looking at state elections held in the recent past, the people of the country were craving for a ‘visible’ alternative front at the Centre.

‘Even the anti-Congress and anti-BJP parties are aspiring for an Alternative Front at the Centre,’ he added.  It would be difficult for him to perceive the shape the alternative front would take. However, the SP has always played an important role to take on Congress and BJP.
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