Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Feb 18 (ANI): Samajwadi Party (SP) President Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday accused the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of diverting public's attention with "Chai (tea) and Pakoda," and called for a discussion on the true state of affairs.
The Lok Sabha by-election for Gorakhpur being round the corner, Yadav said at a press conference here, "I appeal to the public of Gorakhpur to support the candidates in this election with full honesty, and give a message to the country that the manifestos that were put forth have not come to fruition."
Notably, tea is a reference to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's past as a tea seller that came to light during the 2014 general elections, making him the face of the common man.
'Pakoda' is a recent catchphrase used by Opposition leaders to attack the Prime Minister after he termed the selling of 'pakodas' as a valid job.
The former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister informed that the party has fielded Praveen Nishad, son of Nishad Party's President Sanjay Nishad, for the upcoming by-poll. (ANI)