Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, while addressing a rally in Auraiya on Saturday, hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led central government ahead of the assembly elections in the state.

Taking on PM Modi’s earlier ‘SCAM’ jibe at the Samajwadi Party (SP), AKhilesh Yadav said, “To save the nation from scams, we have to save the country from Amit Shah and Modi.”

Referring to Modi’s decision to fight election from Varanasi, Akhilesh Yadav said that he (Modi), did so as he was not sure of winning from Gujarat.

Few days ago, Samajwadi Party (SP) and Congress formed an alliance for the upcoming elections in the state. Both Akhilesh Yadav and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi have jointly addressed roadshows in Lucknow and Agra to promote their alliance in the state.

Earlier in the day, PM Modi addressed a poll rally in Uttar Pradesh’s Meerut district and hit out SP, Congress and BSP.

Highlighting the issue of scams, the Prime Minister targeted its political rivals in the state and said, “Scam is an acronym for Samajwadi Party, Congress, Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati.”

Addressing the rally here, PM Modi said, “Do you know what ‘Scam’ stands for? It is S’ for Samajwadi Party, ‘C’ for Congress, ‘A’ for Akhilesh and ‘M’ for Mayawati.”