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Yogi Adityanath on Mahagathbandhan: Those contesting 37, 38 seats aspiring to be PM

News Agencies | Updated on: 3 May 2019, 15:02 IST
Yogi Adityanath

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday hit out at 'Mahagathbandhan', saying that their leaders aspire to become Prime Minister, even as they are contesting on just 37-38 seats.

"At least 272 seats are needed to become the Prime Minister. Only the BJP has this capacity. Those who are contesting on just 37-38 seats, will they become Prime Minister?" Yogi told ANI in an exclusive interview.

"Those times are gone. People now want a stable government," he asserted when drawn attention towards H D Deve Gowda, who was made the prime minister in 1996 when the United Front- a conglomeration of non-Congress and non-BJP regional parties- decided to form the government.

Mayawati, the BSP supremo, last month had said that she would use her experience as former UP Chief Minister "if we get an opportunity."

When asked about Mayawati's claim that the next PM would be from UP, Adityanath said, "Modi ji is from UP. He contested the last election from Varanasi and is seeking re-election from the seat which is in Uttar Pradesh. This is good that she supports us. I thank Mayawati Ji for supporting Modi Ji."

Sharpening his attack on Akhilesh Yadav, Adityanath added that Akhilesh was frustrated as he was being treated as an underdog in the alliance with the BSP.

"This is the frustration of Akhilesh Yadav. He is frustrated because the SP once won 37 (Lok Sabha) seats from UP under the leadership of Mulayam Singh Yadav. Now, the poor guy is contesting only 37 seats," the UP chief minister commented.

"When he sits with Mayawati on the dais, he is seated on a small chair while Mayawati herself sits on a bigger one. When he goes to meet Mayawati, he is asked to keep his footwear out of the room. This is his position. He is expressing his frustration against us," Adityanath added.

Yogi continued with his attack on Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav, questioning the Samajwadi Party chief over his comments that Yogi Adityanath stopped SP government's laptop distribution schemes as he himself does not know how to operate a computer.

"See, we have not fooled people in name of laptop. Why did they stall the unemployment allowance? Why did not they distribute computers to all? Why did they stop their schemes in the middle?," Adityanath commented.

"We completed each scheme we started. We completely waived off farm loans, we completely shut down illegal slaughterhouses, we gave ration cards to all, we gave scholarship to SC, ST students of the states," he said.

He also questioned the Election Commission, saying that the poll body did not take action against Yadav for his comments allegedly violating the Model Code of Conduct.


First published: 3 May 2019, 15:02 IST