Forged alliance with SP to highlight PM Modi's weakness: Congress

| Updated: Feb 15, 2017 12:04 IST

Lucknow (UP) [India], Feb. 15 (ANI): Hitting back at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for criticizing the newly formed Congress-Samajwadi Party alliance for the Assembly Elections in Uttar Pradesh, the Congress on Wednesday said the truth behind the alliance is to highlight the weaknesses of the former and make people aware of the shortcomings of the Bharatiya Janata Party. "Modi's claim is that Rahul ji and Akhilesh forged an alliance to hide the shortcomings of the party. But the truth is that the alliance was created to highlight the weakness of Modi ji," Congress leader Dwijendra Tripathi told ANI. Expressing confidence, the Congress leader said that both party president Rahul Gandhi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav will not only form a government in the state, but will also uproot the BJP from Indian politics. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has firmly maintained in his rallies in the Uttar Pradesh that Akhilesh had made a lot of promises in the past but had failed to deliver on them. "Akhilesh Yadav was busy striking alliances when he should have been working for the state's development," PM Modi said at a BJP rally in Lakhimpur Kheri, Uttar Pradesh. The Prime Minister was referring to the alliance struck between the Samajwadi Party and the Congress ahead of the UP Assembly elections. However, this alliance has failed to save the fortunes of both parties, PM Modi claimed. "It's become evident after the first phase of polling that no alliance can redeem your past misdeeds," he said. Taking a dig at the SP's 'Kaam Bolta Hai' slogan, PM Modi brought up the high rates of crime in the state when he remarked, "You say 'Kaam Bolta Hai' (Work speaks for itself) but projects are incomplete. What is speaking volumes are the instances of women harassment in the state." The Prime Minister asked if the frequent cases of rape, murder and riots are what Akhilesh Yadav calls his 'work.' He then turned to the crowd and said, "The people of Uttar Pradesh are not fools. They're well aware that criminals are still operating their gangs from behind bars." (ANI)