‘Want 400 seats to thwart intentions of INDIA bloc’

PM Modi said the Congress is talking about the survey of property and the party has an eye on public property…reports Asian Lite News

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday that he wanted 400 seats so that he could thwart the attempts being made by Congress and Samajwadi Party to curtail the reservation quota for OBC, SC/ST and give it on a religious basis.

“The Congress, SP and INDIA bloc are asking for your votes because they want to oblige one section of their vote bank as part of the appeasement policy, but I will not let them curtail your rights. The Samajwadi Party is confined to its family — whether it is in Azamgarh, Kannauj, Mainpuri, Budaun or Firozabad — and for them, it is only family first,” PM Modi said while addressing an election rally here in this Uttar Pradesh town.

“The Congress has found a way to steal some of the 27 per cent OBC quota. They want it should be taken away and reservations should be given based on religion,” PM Modi further said.

PM Modi also said that the friendship between “two boys” (Rahul Gandhi and Akhilesh Yadav) in Uttar Pradesh is also based on appeasement politics.

Continuing his attack on the Congress, PM Modi said that the grand old party is conspiring to snatch reservations from the people. He said the Congress is also talking about the survey of property and the party has an eye on public property.

PM Modi said that “our fight against corruption continues”.

“The Congress wants to snatch away the ‘mangalsutra’ of our mothers and sisters. Will you allow it? People in foreign countries do not even know what this means to us, but we know its importance,” PM Modi said.

The Prime Minister said that the most important thing today — bigger than elections — was the need to be aware of such forces.

PM Modi said that he had suffered their abuses for almost ten years when they ridiculed him saying “Mandir wahin banayenge par tarikh nahin batayenge”.

“Now, Ram Mandir has been built. When we invited them to attend Pran Pratishtha ceremony, they turned down the invite as their vote bank would have been upset had they attended the programme,” PM Modi said.

Taking a jibe at the Samajwadi Party, PM Modi said: “Not just Ram but these two princes have not spared Shyam either. I was ridiculed when I went to offer prayers at the underwater Dwarka. The Samajwadi prince calls himself a Yaduvanshi but he also joined in insulting me.”

PM Modi also urged the people to cast votes early in the morning, saying: “Every vote that is cast is for Modi.”

Kannauj no longer cakewalk for SP, says Aparna

Aparna Yadav, the younger daughter-in-law of Samajwadi Party patriarch late Mulayam Singh Yadav, has said that the Kannauj Lok Sabha seat is no longer a cakewalk for the Samajwadi Party.

Aparna, who is now in the BJP, said, “Akhilesh Yadav is following in his father’s footsteps. Whenever Mulayam Singh believed the party needed him, he would enter the electoral fray himself.”

She, however, warned her brother-in-law not to take things for granted.

“It won’t be a cakewalk for the Samajwadi Party in Kannauj,” she added,

This is the first time that Aparna has openly spoken against Akhilesh Yadav

She claimed that Subrat Pathak, the sitting BJP MP from Kannauj, has done a lot of work in the constituency, making it a challenging battleground for the SP.

Politician Aparna Yadav.(photo:Twitter)

“A lot of seats in UP were considered safe due to Mulayam Singh, my father-in-law,” Aparna said, adding, “He made those the SP’s stronghold through his efforts and people’s connect. But the BJP has emerged victorious on those seats too.”

Talking about SP’s decision to field Akhilesh Yadav from Kannauj, she claimed the party was compelled to adopt a defensive strategy against the BJP.

“These INDI Alliance leaders are afraid now. So they have no choice but to field senior leaders to take on the BJP, this is their strategy to try to defeat Prime Minister Modi,” she stated.

She also said that the BJP holds sway in Kannauj, and the voter is smart enough to know that PM Modi has done a lot of work.

“Narendra Modi will be elected as the Prime Minister for the third time, no matter whoever is in the fray,” she added.

Akhilesh Yadav filed his nomination papers on Thursday, seeking to reclaim a seat he previously held.

The SP had initially announced Tej Pratap Yadav as the candidate for the constituency, but 48 hours later, the party replaced him with Akhilesh Yadav.

Akhilesh Yadav won the Kannauj seat in 2000, 2004, and 2009. His wife, Dimple Yadav, subsequently represented the constituency, winning in 2012 and 2014 before losing to Subrat Pathak of the BJP in 2019.

Voting will be held in Kannauj on May 13 in the fourth phase of the ongoing Lok Sabha elections.

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