‘Donkeys inspiring, teach us to be loyal’, PM Narendra Modi’s reply to Akhilesh Yadav

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday had a point-by-point rebuttal for Uttar Pradesh Akhilesh Yadav’s recent donkey jibe aimed at him and Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan. At a rally in Bahraich, Modi said he would have understood had Akhilesh attacked him or the BJP but he could not fathom why the UP CM attacked donkeys that were thousands of miles away in Gujarat. He also questioned Akhilesh’s fear of donkeys and said the animal was loyal to its masters.

Earlier on Monday, Akhilesh had made opaquely attacked Modi while referring to an advertisement of Gujarat government in which Amitabh Bachchan promotes tourism in the state. He had said: “Ek gadhe ka vigyapan aata hai, main iss sadi ke sabse bade mahanayak se kahunge ke ab aap Gujarat ke gadhon ka prachar mat kariye (I would urge the Superstar of the Century-Amitabh-to stop advertising for donkeys of Gujarat).”

PM Modi also claimed that the Samajwadi Party should also know that the Congress, with which  the party has stitched an alliance for the 2017 UP assembly elections, had issued a stamp of a donkey in 2013. Akhileshji, aapne jinse haath milaya hai ye wahi log hain jinhone pichli sarkar mei unhi gadhon ke naam se stamp nikala tha. MLAs of your party are accused in heinous crimes and Akhilesh ji you are asking for votes on their names? UP doesn’t deserve such a government,” said Modi.

The prime minister also dropped references related to SP minister and Mulayam Singh’s favourite Gayatri Prasad Prajapti in his address. He said, “When people start some good work, they chant Gayantri Mantra. But there are two people who, during election campaigning, are chanting Gayatri Prajapati’s name. Those people who chant Gayatri Prajapati’s name and ask for votes trample upon the ambitions of common people while in power,” he said. PM Modi had on Wednesday mentioned Gayatri Prasad Prajapati as an example of the breakdown of law and order in Uttar Pradesh.

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