Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi and Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav were locked in an unseemly spat as they spoke against each other at their rallies at different places in east Uttar Pradesh on Thursday.
While speaking at the SP’s Varanasi rally, Mulayam called Modi the murderer of minorities and challenged him saying he had no haisiyat (capability) to turn Uttar Pradesh into Gujarat. An hour later, about 200 km away at a BJP rally in Gorakhpur, Modi replied by saying Mulayam had no haisiyat of turning Uttar Pradesh into Gujarat.
“Modi says he will turn Uttar Pradesh into Gujarat. He does not have the haisiyat to do that. Has he given employment or unemployment allowance or farm loan waiver, like we have done? What does he want to do here? Massacre minorities? His hands are stained with the blood of innocent people,” Mulayam roared at the huge SP rally.
“They (BJP leaders) abused me when I wanted to visit Gujarat (after the Godhra riots). Modi said I should not come and if I did, it would be at my own risk. They threatened me. But I went there and saw the barbarity they had perpetrated,” he said.
“Jahaan bhi main jaata hoon, baap beta mera peechha karte hain,” Modi said in his reply.
(Wherever I go, the father and son follow me.) He was referring to two earlier occasions when he and Mulayam had their rallies in the same region of UP the same day.
He mocked at Mulayam, saying: “Netaji (Mulayam) you do not know what making Gujarat means. It means 24-hour electricity supply 365 days a year, electricity in each and every village and bylane. It means 10% agricultural growth for 10 consecutive years. Not like Uttar Pradesh where you have fallen to three and four per cent annual growth. This is your haisiyat.” He also pointed out that unlike Gujarat, in UP there was a huge power crisis, roads were bad and the law and order situation pitiful.