BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Thursday tore into the father-son duo of Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, saying they had destroyed the state.
In an attack on the Samajwadi Party chief, who earlier said at a rally in Varanasi that Modi's hands were soaked in blood, the Gujarat chief minister said the "baap-beta" (father-son) duo followed him wherever he went.
Modi was addressing a "Vijay Shankhnad" rally organised by the Bharatiya Janata Party here.
On a statement by Mulayam Singh Yadav that Modi could not make a Gujarat of Uttar Pradesh, the BJP leader said the Yadavs have no "haisiyat" (standing) to change Uttar Pradesh into Gujarat.
"For turning Uttar Pradesh into Gujarat, a vibrant state, one needs a 56-inch chest and not politicians digging their heels into vote bank politics," Modi said, as the crowd cheered on.
To become Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh needed 10% growth in agriculture, not 3% or 4% as in the last 10 years, Modi said.
Gujarat meant 24x7 power supply, sugarcane dues paid on time, crushing of cane on schedule and happy farmers, something not possible for the Samajwadi Party government, Modi said.
"Uttar Pradesh has the potential to become the leading state in the country, but sadly the people who have ruled here in the past one decade have chosen to ruin the state with their petty, narrow political thinking and vote bank politics," he said.
"The state affords no honour to girls and women, no employment, no security or safety for its citizens. You have destroyed the mandate given by the people to your party in the 2012 state assembly polls," the BJP leader said, referring to Mulayam as "Netaji" as he is called by his partymen.
He also told the gathering that while other parties decided to destroy Uttar Pradesh, the BJP was committed to the development and prosperity of the state.
Seeking a five-year term for the BJP in the Lok Sabha polls, Modi said that while people had given 60 years to the Congress, he was seeking 60 months to change the face of India and bring prosperity in every home and a smile on every face.
Inviting the farmers of Uttar Pradesh to Gujarat, he said one should see for himself or herself what vision he has for the state.
Predicting that the voters had made up their mind to vote out the Congress and its allies, Modi also charged the United Progressive Alliance, the Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party of being responsible for gloom in the country.
Thanking the people of Uttar Pradesh for the love they expressed in attending his rallies in large numbers, Modi said that given a chance, he would return that love, offering them the dividend of development.