STORY: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday (February13) lashed out at poll allies, opposition Congress party and regional Samajwadi (Socialist) Party (SP), saying the first phase of polls have proved that no alliance can save the ruling SP in northern Uttar Pradesh state.
Modi made the remarks while addressing a public rally in Lakhimpur Kheri district of the state.
“First phase of polls have proved that no matter what alliance you enter into, your sins cannot be washed away,” said Modi.
The first phase of polling in country’s most populous state was held on Saturday (February 04) with the province recording around 64 percent of voter turnout.
Modi also attacked the ruling party for high rates of crime in the state, saying organised crimes were rampant in the province due to which innocent people were suffering.
“Gangs are being run from prisons, rapes are taking place every day, the innocents are being murdered, abductions and riots take places. Would you call these achievements of Akhilesh (Yadav- Chief of northern Uttar Pradesh state) or his misdeeds?” added Modi.
The world’s biggest election this year in Uttar Pradesh will elect an assembly to govern the impoverished state of nearly 220 million people.
The seven-phase polls are set to end on March 08.
Results from Uttar Pradesh, along with elections in the states of Punjab, Goa, Uttarakhand and Manipur, are due on March 11.