PM Narendra Modi landed on the 341-km Purvanchal Expressway in UP’s Sultanpur with a runway of allegations and barbs at Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party, including how leaders of the erstwhile UP government didn’t want to be seen by his side “for fear of losing their vote bank” but ended up handing the state itself to the “mafia” and “poverty”. Modi said whenever he visited the state during SP’s stint in government, the party leadership would “vanish” after completing the formality of “receiving” him. “They were ashamed... They didn’t have anything to show in the name of work.”
The PM said UP had been subjected to “punishment” under SP’s governance, adding that one of the first tasks he undertook after becoming PM was to delve deep into the causes of the state’s backwardness and initiating a series of remedies.