Previous govts reduced eastern UP to poverty, mafia rule: PM
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday accused the previous Uttar Pradesh governments of letting poverty and the mafia take over the state's eastern part, saying the BJP government is now writing a new chapter of development there.
Modi was addressing a rally here after the launch of the 341-km Purvanchal Expressway, where he landed in a military transport aircraft on a 3.2-km stretch developed as an emergency airstrip for the Indian Air Force.
Development was limited to places where the previous chief ministers had their homes or families, Modi said while not naming the Samajwadi Party, the Bahujan Party, or the Congress which the ruling BJP faces in the assembly polls just months away.
The inauguration of the Rs 22,500-crore six-lane road between Lucknow and Ghazipur followed a slugfest between the Bharatiya Janata Party and Akhilesh Yadav's SP, which maintained that it was his state government that had begun the project.
Hitting out at the rivals, Modi said development under the previous CMs was limited to their native places, but the government now is ensuring that it reaches the eastern as well as the western parts of the state.
''The previous governments reduced the vital eastern part of the state to 'mafiawaad' and poverty, but the BJP government is now writing a new chapter of development,'' he said.
He said the expressway will serve as the lifeline of eastern UP and give a big push to the economic development of the region and the state.
The politically vital Purvanchal region consists of about 160 of the 403 assembly seats that will go to the polls early next year.
The PM recalled the development projects carried out under the "double-engine" government – the BJP is in power both in Lucknow and at the Centre – while trashing the past governments.
''And, in these circumstances, it was unfortunate that both in Delhi and in Lucknow, there was a dominance of the dynasts. For years, this partnership of the dynasts continued to crush the aspirations of UP,'' he said in a possible reference to the Congress and the SP.
In an apparent reference to the Congress, he alluded to the removal of a Sultanpur-born leader from the chief minister's post in the 1980s. ''The courtiers of a family had insulted Shripati Mishra, which people of UP have not forgotten,'' he said.
In another attempt at connecting with his audience at the public meeting, Modi began his address in the local Awadhi dialect.
The aircraft also flew in formation and ended the show with a flypast. An announcer identified one of the Sukhoi pilots as a local, Sultanpur man.
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