Tahlka News Desk
Meerut: PM Modi has started his Uttar Pradesh election campaign and addressed rally in UP Meerut district. BJP hopes to repeat his 2014 Lok Sabha Performance, riding on the Modi wave which got them 72 of the state's 80 seats. It contest in the assembly elections beginning on february 11 is against the Samajwadi Party led by CM Akhilesh Yadav in alliance with the congress spearheaded by Rahul Gandhi.
The young duo has been campaigning aggressively in the state and was recently seen together at a 'rath yatra' in Lucknow. The BJP has not yet declared its chief ministerial candidate. It is relying on its star campaigner PM Modi and the anti-incumbency. It also hopes to gain from the infighting in Samajwadi's first family which saw Akhilesh Yadav take party control from his father and SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav in a bitter takeover.
The seven-phase polls in Uttar Pradesh will be held on February 11, 15, 19, 23, 27, March 4 and 8. The results will come out on March 11.
Highlights of Modi speech from Meerut Rally:
I am fortunate to have stepped on the holy land of Meerut. The 1857 independence struggle began in Meerut.
I am fortunate to have the opportunity to kick start my UP campaign from Meerut.
That time the fight to remove British, this time its fight to remove poverty.
The fight this time is against Mafia, the goons and the ones raping our sisters and mothers.
Uttar Pradesh has pure food our hard working farmers and people with a strong will.
But we can't let UP be how it has been for years. What is the reason UP youngsters have to leave their family and friends and live in slums in cities.
Some people questioned the surgical strikes conducted by our jawans.
For over 40 years, governments were just dilly-dallying over One Rank One Pension. But we approved OROP.
PM Modi lures sugarcane farmers, says if voted to power, the BJP government will clear all dues of sugarcane farmers with first 14 days.
Every family needs to have their own house, so we've started working towards fulfilling this vision by 2022.
Modi takes a dig at Samajwadi family - Kabhi chacha, kabhi papa, chachi, bhatije aur na jane kya kya. Kya haal kar rakha hai UP ka.
Rs 4,000 crore was allocated to UP government so that they can give health aid to people, but they couldn't even spend Rs 250 crore.
Even if I try and help UP from Delhi, if the state government has no intention, the money will go somewhere else.