Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh) [India]: Firing a fresh salvo against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday charged the former with having the capability of confusing buttermilk with bhaang.
“Prime Minister Modi at times describes juice as water, Pineapple as coconut, coconut water as juice. Be careful friends, hope it doesn’t happen that when you drink ‘butter milk’, the Prime Minister calls it ‘ bhaang’,” Akhilesh said while addressing an election rally here.
Akhilesh also charged the Prime Minister with spreading lies and making false promises during his electoral campaign.
The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister’s remarks were a reference to the infamous coconut juice gaffe episode, when Prime Minister Modi pointed out to Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi that coconuts contain water and not juice.
The Congress Party denied that Rahul had ever mentioned the words ‘ coconut juice’ and brandished video footage of his election rally as evidence.
Addressing a crowd of supporters after an hour-long road show, Akhilesh said, “The BJP is spreading lies, while we are talking about development, and giving laptops to students.”
Continuing his tirade against the Prime Minister, Rahul too attacked the former for his ‘false promises’.
“Modi promised solar lights, free internet and four-lane roads. He promised to clean the Ganga and Kashi. Has any of this happened? No, he hasn’t fulfilled even a single promise,” Rahul said.
Both Akhilesh and Rahul jointly led a mega road show in the temple city of Varanasi earlier in the day in a last gasp effort to swing voters in their favour ahead of the seventh phase of polling in Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections.
Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Modi also held a mega road show in Varanasi. He also offered his prayer at the famous Kashi Vishwanath temple. (ANI)