Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Monday took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his remark on electricity shortage in Uttar Pradesh. He was addressing a rally in Gorakhpur.

The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister called on PM Modi to grab any wire in Uttar Pradesh to check if the electricity is there or not, ANI reported.

Referring to PM Modi as ‘Baba’, Akhilesh Yadav said, “A ‘baba’ has said that there is no electricity in UP, I would like to tell him that we are providing electricity for 22 to 24 hours. If he feels that there is no electricity, he can hold any wire and he would get to know if there is electricity.”

“He can also go to any place in Gorakhpur and he will find a laptop provided by our government,” he added.

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.

First Published | 27 February 2017 9:51 PM
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