With UP elections in view, Lalu ups ante against Modi

Published: February 20, 2017 - 18:37 Updated: August 4, 2017 - 16:26

Javadekar is confident of clean sweep for BJP in UP, says SP-Congress alliance and BSP fighting it out for the second spot


As Uttar Pradesh votes in an election that will prove to be a litmus test for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the centre, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav today upped the ante against Modi, saying that he is a dictator and the unity and integrity of the country is not safe under his leadership.

Yadav has been consistently attacking BJP leaders, including Prime Minister Modi, on social media as the UP elections enter the last four crucial phases.

The RJD chief said on Twitter, "Ye to tanashah Pradhan Mantri hain.

Desh ke tukde-tukde kar tabah kar denge. Janab, aap PM ho, itni ochhi, chhoti aur khoti bate nahin karni chahiye". (He is a dictator Prime Minister. He will divide the country and destroy it. You are PM, you should not make unsavoury and acerbic comments).          

In another tweet, Yadav said, "Modi claims he has nothing at stake. He will leave with his jhola (bag). But he did not tell who else are packed in his invisible bag besides Ambani and Adani."

Yadav also advised Modi to “rise above his party and shun feelings of animosity.”

“He should not talk of feud but love, should not talk of dividing but should focus on uniting. He should think of development and not destruction," the RJD chief said on Twitter.

Castigating the PM with a tinge of sarcasm, Yadav said, "Who has stopped you from constructing cremation grounds and waiving farmers’ loans? Should a person with a 56-inch chest mislead a country by resorting to meek ways?"

Meanwhile, Union human resource development minister Prakash Javadekar claimed today that the day BJP comes to power in Uttar Pradesh, rapists like Gayatri Prasad Prajapati and Arun Verma would be put behind bars and not allowed to flee from the country.

"SP president Akhilesh Yadav attending the election meeting of Gayatri and Arun shows the closeness between the CM and these criminals," Javadekar said at a press conference, adding that criminals and corruption would not be tolerated by the BJP at any cost if it comes to power in the state.

Attacking Akhilesh, he said, “Putting up a mask and enacting a family drama have not helped the new SP president and people have rejected him."

The senior BJP leader said that the SP-Congress alliance and the BSP are fighting it out for the second spot in the Assembly polls as the BJP looks all set to be on the top after the third phase of the state elections. It is expected to win 300+ seats, Javadekar said.

"The voters of UP have done a ‘chamatkar’ (miracle) by rejecting both the SP-Congress alliance and the BSP as they are now fed up with their involvement in corruption and the deteriorating law and order situation in the state in the past 15 years," he said.

Javadekar said that several initiatives of the Narendra Modi government, including Ujjwala, DBT, self-attestation of certificates, end of interview for Class 3 and 4 jobs and distribution of subsidised LED bulbs are some of the measures that have been appreciated by people in a big way and have paved the way for the BJP 's win in the state.

While asserting that the Centre was trying its best to bring in a law to control the fees structure of private educational institutions in the country, Javadekar said that his department was doing everything to restructure the education system in the country.