While interacting with the media in Gonda, Uttar Pradesh, on being asked about the degrading comments used during election rallies by political leaders, Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav alleged that PM Modi too had been taught to use the 'chillam' by UP CM Yogi Adityanath.
"It is of grave concern to BJP that UP Chief Minister (Yogi Adityanath) and his officers have taught Prime Minister Modi how to have 'chillam' (pipe). I don't know whether they smoke 'chillam' or not. But those people who mocked us calling 'tonti-tonti' (tap) are the ones who are the 'chillam' people," said the SP chief.
This has been an ongoing series of attacks between UP CM Yogi Adityanath and SP Chief Akhilesh Yadav.
Previously in December 2018, Yadav had said in a program organized by Janvadi Party in Mau, Uttar Pradesh that when he had said:
"These people in BJP can fight the elections however they want. These people had accused me of stealing the spouts of taps when they I had vacated my government bungalow (in 2017. They should know that when we (SP-BSP) come to power then first we will search for the 'chillam' (pipe) in Baba's (Yogi Adityanath) possession."
While the Congress and SP-BSP are fighting against each other in the UP Lok Sabha polls, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was seen at Samajwadi Party rally in Raebareli during her election campaigning in the constituency on Thursday.
In multiple videos, accessed by Republic, Priyanka Gandhi can be seen on the stage of a meeting of the Samajwadi Party workers. Arriving at the event, Priyanka Gandhi is welcomed by a massive group of Samajwadi Party workers.
BJP this time faces the combined force of SP-BSP coalition and the Congress in the race for Uttar Pradesh's 80 Lok Sabha seats. While there were rumours of Congress UP (East) General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra may contest against PM Narendra Modi for the Varanasi Lok Sabha seat, hopes for that mega political battle were quashed when Congress announced Ajay Rai as its Varanasi candidate. While Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi is fighting against BJP Union Minister Smriti Irani for the Amethi constituency on May 6, former UP Chief Minister and BSP Supremo, Mayawati is not contesting in this Lok Sabha season.
Results of the Lok Sabha polls are scheduled on May 23.