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Gujarat polls: BJP's model is about deceiving people, says Akhilesh

He also criticised the state government over the delay in the metro rail project in Ahmedabad

Press Trust of India  |  Ahmedabad 

Former chief minister of UP Akhilesh Yadav during a function in Kolkata on Saturday. (Photo: PTI)

Samajwadi Party leader on Friday said he decided to visit Gujarat to see its development but has realised that the BJP's Gujarat model is a "model to deceive people".

The former Uttar Pradesh chief minister cited the expressway and the Lucknow to take a dig at the BJP's "development model" in Gujarat.

Yadav is here to campaign for his party's candidates, contesting four seats in the assembly elections.

"I decided to visit Gujarat to see its development model as leaders here say they are contesting elections on the basis of development. But we have seen from our own eyes that the Gujarat model is a model to deceive people," he told reporters here.

He referred to the Agra-Lucknow Expressway, a project undertaken by his government, on which the Indian Air Force recently landed 15 fighter jets.

"We have constructed the country's best road on which a fighter jet can land. We thought Gujarat would have seen a lot of development. Show us a single road constructed here in the last 22 years on which fighter jets can land. Such a road is needed more in a state like Gujarat with its proximity to Pakistan," Yadav said.

He also criticised the state government over the delay in the rail project in Ahmedabad.

The government, Yadav added, had completed construction of the Lucknow rail in two and half years and started work on a metro line from Noida to Greater Noida and extended it till Ghaziabad.

"I had thought I will get to ride the metro train when I visit Ahmedabad," he added.

The leader added that his party was supporting the Congress and its allies who are up against the ruling

Yadav also took aim at the over the issue of "rigged" electronic voting machines (EVMs), saying his party believed that elections should be held using ballot papers.

The BJP only won where EVMs were used in the recent local body elections in Uttar Pradesh, he said.

"The Election Commission has accepted that the EVM can be defective... If it can be mended, it can also be tampered with. At many places, you click on a button, and the vote will go to the BJP," he alleged.

We imitate Western countries in a lot of countries, then why not follow them and go back to ballot paper, Yadav asked.

First Published: Fri, December 08 2017. 17:17 IST