Lucknow, Accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of having failed “cent per cent” on all fronts, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said the PM was good at Google search, reading janampatri, making people stand in queues and peeping into bathrooms.
Addressing a joint press conference with Samajwadi Party national president Akhilesh Yadav to release the SP-Congress alliance’s 10 key priorities, Gandhi said Modi was using “distraction as strategy”.
Responding to a question about Modi making a personal comment on the two youth leaders, Chief Minister Akhiklesh Yadav said there was no need to get emotional and angry. “It is an alliance to two youth leaders which is attracting the youth. If someone is getting emotional and angry he probably fears the shrinking support.”
According to Yadav, the alliance is not snatching anything from anyone. “All I am trying is to retain power so that we can continue with the development agenda,” he said.
Describing the 10-point alliance commitment as the foundation of Uttar Pradesh’s transformation, Gandhi said the alliance was not only to assume power in Uttar Pradesh but the coming together of two young leaders with a common vision for transforming the state.
Modi’s desperation was understandable, said the Congress Vice President, as he had miserably failed in his promise of providing two crore jobs to the youth every year as he had given barely 1 lakh jobs and demonetisation had caused further massive unemployment.
Similarly, after making national security and terrorism a poll issue, the country had seen that during his rule in the last three years 90 security personnel had lost their lives in Kashmir, Gandhi said.
Answering a question about a Lucknow-based Shia cleric first coming out in support of the BJP and now the BSP, Yadav said this proved that there is some tacit understanding between these two parties . “Who can forget the rakshabandhan days?” he quipped.
Commenting on Delhi Jama Masjid’s Imam Bukhari’s support for the BSP, Yadav said whatever he might say in public, in private his blessings were with the alliance.
10 key priorities of SP-Congress alliance for next 5 years
*Free smart phone to youth and ensuring employment to 20 lakh youth after skill development training
*Relief to farmers from debt, inexpensive electricity and suitable prices for agricultural produce
*One crore poor families to get monthly pension of Rs 1,000 and urban poor to get food at Rs 10 a day
*Thirty-three per cent reservation for women in government jobs and 50 per cent reservation in local and panchayat elections
*Electricity, road and potable water for every village in the next five years
*Free bicycle to every young girl and meritorious boy from Classes 9 to 12
*Free houses to 10 lakh poor Dalit and OBC households
*Four-lane roads to connect every district of the state and Metros for 6 major cities
*Minorities and OBCs to benefit from all government schemes as per their share in the population
*For rapid and effective response police force to be modernised and reach of Dial 100 to expand in a phased manner