Uttar Pradesh elections 2017: 'UP stands united', say Rahul Gandhi, Akhilesh Yadav in joint rally in Meerut

“I want to tell Modi ji that Uttar Pradesh stands united and that it cannot be broken,” Rahul Gandhi said in Meerut.

Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi on February 7 held a joint rally with Samajwadi Party chief and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav in Meerut.

While addressing the rally, Rahul Gandhi attacked the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said “Modi ji arrives and spreads anger. The message must go from here that it is not possible to spread hate in this state.”

“I want to tell Modi ji that Uttar Pradesh stands united and that it cannot be broken,” Rahul Gandhi said in Meerut. This was Akhilesh Yadav and Rahul Gandhi’s second joint election rally in poll-bound Meerut.

Meanwhile, Akhilesh Yadav also attacked the PM for his ‘SCAM’ remarks. He said : “I wonder why PM included Mayawati’s name in ‘SCAM’, They have allied thrice to form the government in UP.”

On February 4, Prime Minister Narendra Modi to humour people in his election rally in Meerut came up with ‘ ‘S.C.A.M’. According to PM Modi, SCAM stands for Samajwadi Party, Congress, Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati.

On January 22, the Samajwadi Party and the Congress formally announced their alliance after hectic parleys and a tough bargain by the two sides over past several days. Both the parties agreed on 298-105 formula.

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi hit out at Rahul Gandhi while addressing the lower house of the Parliament, Lok Sabha, during the ongoing Budget session.

In his marathon speech, that lasted for about 1 hour 30 minutes, he lashed out at the opposition over range of issues including surgical strikes, demonetisation and several others.

Amid uproar from the opposition parties, including the Congress, PM Modi started his address by attacking Congress Vice- President. PM took a jibe at Rahul’s ‘earthquake’ remark and said: “Kal bhukamp aaya, kendra sarkar Rajya Sarkar ke sampark me hai. Bhukamp aa hi gaya, koi to kaaran hoga, dharti maa rooth gayi hongi (The earthquake came last night and the centre is in touch with the state government. There has to be some reason for this tremors)”

Earlier in December 2016, Rahul Gandhi while attacking PM Modi for his demonetisation move, promised that  ‘earthquake’ will come in the parliament if he would be allowed to speak on the issue.