WATCH: "Congress And BJP Are The Same In Spreading Rumours," Says Akhilesh Yadav Adding This Won't 'affect The SP-BSP Workers'

Uttar Pradesh Lok Sabha Elections

Slamming the BJP and the Congress for spreading false rumours about the 'gathbandhan', SP Chief Akhilesh Singh Yadav, on Saturday, has likened both parties as to the same saying that they spread rumours, conspiracies and false allegations in a similar fashion, in an interview in Lucknow.

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Slamming the BJP and the Congress for spreading false rumours about the 'gathbandhan', SP Chief Akhilesh Singh Yadav, on Saturday, has likened both parties as to the same saying that they spread rumours, conspiracies and false allegations in a similar fashion, in an interview in Lucknow.

"Congress and BJP are one and the same in spreading rumours. We have seen in the recent Kaushambi elections that the SP and BSP workers were harassed the most by having false cases filed against them. Both parties are the same when it comes to spreading rumours, claiming false allegations and creating conspiracies," he said.

He continued saying these rumours will not affect SP-BSP workers claiming that they would work unitedly. 

"During the elections, they (Congress) want to spread confusion, but we believe in the workers of SP and BSP that they will not get influenced by rumours and will work unitedly in supporting the BSP candidate of Pratapgarh and garner more votes for the elephant symbol," he added.

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When asked about the use of foul language by political leaders, Yadav targetted the BJP leaders campaigning in UP saying they were trying to 'distract the people from real issues as they do not have any progress to show.'

"People in the administration don't have any achievements to talk about or show. Due to this, they want to remain busy with such incidences. The leaders of BJP who are contesting in Uttar Pradesh use such foul language that should not be used in election rallies, as they do not have any proof of any progress, employment or welfare for the poor and farmers to show in the past five years. Hence they wish to divert the focus from real issues. While the UP CM says that Uttar Pradesh has the biggest goons, BJP has inducted the most notorious goon in Bihar into its party," he said.

Speaking on the alleged post-poll fight between SP-BSP as claimed by BJP, he said that they would jointly decide on the formation of the government after the polls.

"SP and BSP are united strongly. Both parties will jointly decide on the 'mahagathbandhan' as to who will make the government in the centre. They are scared because this 'gathbandhan' has robbed their sleep," he added.

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On asked about the next phase of the election due on Sunday, he lashed out at the indiscriminate handing of red cards to SP-BSP workers by the EC while clean chits provided to the BJP workers.  

"BJP wishes to win the election using red cards. Election officials have been instructed to issue as many red cards as possible to SP and BSP workers. On purpose, these workers are not being allowed to vote. We had previously complained to the EC about this and through you, I wish to complain about this. Is red card being issued only to SP-BSP workers? Are BJP workers so clean? Is there no one in BJP who has a criminal image who should have been issued a red card?" he asked.

Uttar Pradesh is voting in all seven phases of the Lok Sabha polls with 14 constituencies voting on May 12. Results scheduled on May 23.

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