New Delhi: As part of the campaigning for the upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha elections, PM Modi addressed a rally in Azamgarh today while inaugurating the Purvanchal Expressway, a project with a total worth of 23,000 crore.
The 340 km long expressway will connect several towns of the state to the state capital Lucknow. On completion, it would further extend the connectivity to New Delhi.
Modi’ visit will also witness the foundation of the other important projects for his Lok Sabha constituency-Varanasi.
During his speech, the Prime Minister went on to appreciate CM Yogi Adityanath’s role in controlling the crime in the state.
Emphasising on the focus of the projects, he said, “ We are working on not only highway but also waterway and airway. Ships sailing from Varanasi to Haldia will take this entire region ahead on the path of industrial development. 12 airports are being developed under UDAN scheme.
Narendra Modi went on to attack other parties especially the Congress and said, “Congress president recently said that Congress party is a party of muslims. I am not surprised, All I want to ask is, is their party only for Muslim men or for women too? Ye log sansad mein kanoon dabakar baith jaate hain”
Congress who had only met the Muslims in the state was quick to react and tweeted, “Prime Minister continues to lie to the people of India. His insecurities are getting the better of him. What are you scared of Modi ji?.”
Prime Minister continues to lie to the people of India. His insecurities are getting the better of him. What are you scared of Modi ji? #TotoVikas https://t.co/yzCvX9HarJ
— Congress (@INCIndia) 14 July 2018
On the second day of UP tour, Modi will pay a visit Mirzapur on Sunday (July 15) where he will dedicate the Bansagar Canal Project to the nation there and lay the foundation stone for the Mirzapur Medical College.
Angry over this, the former CM of the state reacted to the development and said, “”This was originally Samajwadi Purvanchal Expressway, but the word Samajwadi has been dropped,” the Samajwadi Party chief told a press conference at the party headquarters in Lucknow.
Defending Modi’ move, the deputy CM of the state replied, “by claiming credit for the projects being implemented by “the government of the day”, Yadav was insulting the development work itself” .