Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday hit back at PM Modi over his controversial ‘Diwali-Ramzan electricity supply’ remark, saying that electricity supply in the state was more during Diwali than in Ramzan.

While addressing a rally in Maharajgunj, Akhilesh challenged PM Modi to swear by the holy river of Ganga and clarify if his constituency Varanasi was getting 24 hours electricity.

“The amount of electricity supplied during Diwali is more than that given during Ramzan in Uttar Pradesh. Steady supply of electricity was ensured during Christmas as well,” he said.

The incumbent CM also lashed out at the PM for creating an “emergency-like” situation by his demonetisation decision.

Earlier on February 19, Prime Minister Modi had accused the SP government of discriminating on the basis on religion.

“In a village, if a cemetery can be constructed, so should a cremation ground. If electricity is supplied during Ramzan, it should be supplied during Diwali as well,” he had said.

Akhilesh also defended the SP-Congress alliance labelling it as a tie-up between two youngsters, adding this would change the course of politics both at the national as well as the state level.

“This is not an alliance between two families, it is an alliance between two youngsters, who would change the course of politics both at the national and state level,” Akhilesh said while addressing a rally ahead of the fifth-phase of Uttar Pradesh assembly elections.

His statement came after Bharatiya Janata Party chief Amit Shah called the alliance as one between two corrupt families from Delhi and Lucknow.

Notably, Uttar Pradesh will go to the fifth phase of Assembly elections on Monday. The districts going for polls include Balrampur, Gonda, Faizabad, Ambedkar Nagar, Bahraich, Shravasti, Siddharth Nagar, Basti, Sultanpur. Rahul Gandhi’s constituency Amethi will also be voting tomorrow.

 

First Published | 26 February 2017 5:53 PM
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