May 23 'expiry date' for SP-BSP alliance: Modi
Bahraich/Barabanki: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday took a swipe at Opposition parties, saying those who cannot win enough seats to claim the Leader of the Opposition post in parliament are getting clothes stitched for becoming prime minister.
He also hit out the SP-BSP alliance, saying that May 23 is the "expiry date" for the grouping, and their leaders will tear each other's clothes after the Lok Sabha poll results are declared that day.
At his rallies in Bahraich and Barabanki in the politically crucial state of Uttar Pradesh, which sends 80 MPs to Lok Sabha, Modi said opposition leaders have lost their sleep after four phases of polling
In Bahraich, where he addressed the rally first, Modi said, "After the fourth phase, those who are not in a position to become Leader of Opposition (LoP) by getting 50 to 55 seats, are getting clothes stitched for becoming PM."
"They want somehow to make a 'khichadi' (alliance) government, a weak government," he said, adding leaders from his rival parties want to realise their dreams of becoming prime minister by holding the post turn-wise. "Will you accept this?" he asked the gathering. He said 'mahamilavati' parties are working to save their deposits on most of the seats. "In 2014, they did not get it (LoP post) and this time people are so angry that they will again not get it," he said.
"Those doing 'mahamilavat' (grand adulteration) are having sleepless nights," he said at Barabanki.
Modi has been ridiculing opposition alliance as a 'mahamilavat'.
"Earlier opposition parties played the game of 'kaun banega PM (who will become the PM)', now, after four phases of polling, they are playing 'hide and seek'," Modi said.
The PM alleged the SP and BSP governments have been "discriminating" against people bases on their political leanings as their only concern was their vote bank, but said his government has worked without biases. Did the SP government supply electricity to the places that did not vote for them, Modi asked, suggesting that the same was the case when the BSP was in power.
"Only we have worked for sabka saath sabka vikas (together with all, development for all)," he said. He said the SP and the BSP have been bitter rivals but came together fearing a "complete rout". "This togetherness is for selfish motives."
Reciting a couplet of Rahim, he said, "As the results come on May 23, they (SP, BSP leaders) will tear each others' clothes."
Referring to the surgical strikes and the Balakot airstrike, he said they were examples of his government's commitment of extending security of life to 130 crore people. "Kahin bhi ghus kar ke maar sakte hai... (We can hit them (terrorists) anywhere)."
"For doing this, we will not ask anybody nor will we come under any influence ...because this is our commitment," he said, adding "because of this commitment our security forces and sapoots have confined terrorism to a limited area. "Now the news of bomb blasts in temples, bazaars, bus stand and railway stations are not heard" he said.
"Terror attacks have stopped because of a fear of Modi, but they (the terrorists) have not mended their ways. The danger has been averted but not annihilated. Nurseries of terror are still operating around us. Can the SP-BSP finish these?" Modi asked the gathering
The PM said UP's Awadh region is the centre of "our belief and spirituality. But when terrorism rises, such centres become targets." Recalling former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee, he said the late BJP stalwart had said that no person is big or small. "Sabka saath sabka vikas is our mantra ..sabko suraksha sabko samman (security for all, honour to all) is our pledge...we have worked on this and in the coming five years, we will tread this path," Modi said.