Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath Wednesday invoked Ram Manohar Lohia to suggest that Narendra Modi is set to run the country for many more years because of his focus on providing toilets and fuel for the poor.
"Dr Lohia told Shrimati Indira Gandhi ji in Parliament that this country lives in the villages. The day every poor person in this country has a toilet in his home and his fuel requirements are met, whoever is the PM then shall rule for at least 25 years," he said.
"I think there are lot of people who do politics in the name of Dr Lohia but his dream has been fulfilled by PM Modi," Adityanath said.
He said this election will be the first one to shatter all forecasts around caste, religion, region and vote banks.
In these five years, 10 crore toilets were built, 12.5 crore farmers helped under the Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana, 15 crore young people benefited from the Mudra Yojana and 37 crore Jan Dhan accounts opened.
"These are statistics which are not based on caste, region, religion, vote bank or language. Considering the respect that the common man has today for the PM, the public is inclined towards him," the BJP leader said.
"The BJP will win this election in Gorakhpur, Phulpur, Amethi, Azamgarh and Badaun -- and it will be more than 74 seats in Uttar Pradesh," Adityanath said, listing the constituencies where the BJP has not done well in the recent past.
"It is the first time after independence that a poor person has got a home, a power connection and a cooking gas connection," he said.
Adityanath attacked rival Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav for corruption in his laptop distribution scheme when the party was in power in the state. In contrast, his own government has used technology to benefit the poor, he claimed.
Today our Digital India policy connects the common man with governance and facilities," he said.
Yadav had alleged that Adityanath doesn't know how to use a laptop and that is why he is not distributing them.
The chief minister said the state government has used the Digital India scheme to scrap 37 lakh fake ration cards and distribute 3.5 crore genuine ones.
"Today, we have installed point of sale machines at 80,000 ration shops and linked them with Aadhaar. People are getting rations on their doorsteps and the state is saving Rs 1,200 crore annually," he said.
He said the state government is paying Rs 1,860 for per quintal of wheat to farmers at procurement centres compared to Rs 800-900 per quintal earlier.
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