A few days since PM Modi's controversial "raincoat jibe" at the former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during the Rajya Sabha session, Rahul Gandhi has come to MMS's defense.
Modi, who has stepped up his attack on Akhilesh in recent da ys, also said that the Chief Minister is to be blamed if people of the state which he ruled for five years do not see "achche din".
Congress has postponed the joint road show of Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav scheduled for tomorrow here amid a huge rush of pilgrims arriving in the city on the occasion of Ravidas Jayanti, a party leader said today.
"He (Modi) can do this (peeping into bathrooms) in his free time", Rahul said.
It's a three-way contest between the governing BJP, the regional Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the state's ruling Samajwadi Party (SP), which is contesting the polls in alliance with the Congress. "How can they be so irresponsible?" asked PM Modi, seeking cheers from the crowd.
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As the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh begins a seven-phase election on 11 February to choose a new government, the BBC's Geeta Pandey in the state capital, Lucknow, explains why these polls matter.
"If BJP loses, it would be its second major defeat since the 2015 election in Bihar state, which will prove that forming smart alignments with regional parties to beat the BJP works".
Three years ago, the BJP won a stunning victory in the state during national elections, helping it get the biggest parliamentary mandate in three decades. "In fact, chances are there that Congress might ditch Akhilesh-led Samajwadi Party to join hands with Mayawati in forming Government", he claimed.
"We want a government for the youth, one that has vision". While addressing a jam-packed rally PM Modi said that if he would have visited the place in 2014, voters would have changed their decision.
"The farmers of the country are faced with financial problems", he said. In the last 70 years, those who have misused the laws and Constitution have mired the country in corruption. They made one caste (Yadav) as their vote bank but served only their family, he said.