Narendra Modi invokes Atal Bihari Vajpayee in poll-bound UP, makes no reference to ‘Ram’, but mentions ‘vanvaas’

Written by | January 2, 2017 | 0

Lucknow: Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave yet another boost to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) campaign in Uttar Pradesh, by addressing a parivartan rally.

Apart from making tall electoral claims, Modi also launched a stringent attack against the rivals Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). Modi also invoked the legacy of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee, recalling his era as the parliamentarian from Lucknow.

Although Modi made no reference to Ram Mandir in poll-bound UP, he spoke about the 14-year ‘vanvaas‘ (exile) of BJP from the state. The 14-year-exile remark is also linked to Lord Ram spending 14 years out Ayodhya. The BJP was voted out of power from Uttar Pradesh in 2001.

“Lucknow is the place which was represented by Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Similar to him, variou great personalities have invested their youth in Lucknow to change the political landscape,” Modi said. He further added that the ’14-year-exile of development’ in Uttar Pradesh is about to end. “People say that the 14-year exile of BJP in Uttar Pradesh will end.

But it is not about the 14-year-exile of BJP. The issue is that Uttar Pradesh has been deprived of development since the past 14 years,” he added.

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