Prime Minister Narendra Modi today tore into Akhilesh Yadav government, alleging it was "sheltering" and "nursing" crime and corruption and asserted that this UP election was about ending the 14-year "exile of growth" in the state.
The attack comes two days after Mr Modi mocked Dr Manmohan Singh in Rajya Sabha for escaping unscathed despite several corruption allegations against the UPA government.
Addressing a rally here in the poll-bound state, Gandhi said Modi has a penchant for grabbing headlines and indulged in "laughter shows" inside and outside Parliament.
"Mein Congress ke logon se kehta hoon: jabaan sambhaal kar rakho, warna mere paas aapki poori janampatri padi hui hai (hold your tongue, I have your entire horoscope)".
Ms Mayawati is the leader of the Bahujan Samaj Party and is the champion of the Dalits formerly known as the untouchables. "One can make blunders but not of this kind", Modi said, targeting the Congress vice president.
"Modi talks about security and terorism.the result of surgical strike has been that some 90 security personnel had to sacrifice their lives first time in seven years", he said. "This election is about ending 14 years of exile of growth (vikas ka vanvas) in UP and replacing it with growth and prosperity", he said alluding to Ramayana.
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UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav also blamed Modi of lying and not talking care of UP. Is he working towards an alliance between the two parties? He also said that PM is fond of such acts.
Appealing to the youth, Modi said, "We eliminated interview processes for class III & IV jobs; this has reduced corruption". One family has destro-yed India and the other family has destroyed Uttar Pradesh.
"On the larger issue, we are together and there is full coordination between our leaders and workers", both the leaders said.
In UP, Mr Modi ridiculed the Congress-SP alliance saying that the Congress had attacked the Akhilesh government over the law and order situation but was now holding hands with the same party.
While the Samajwadi Party hopes to retain power for another five years, the Bharatiya Janata Party is eyeing a comeback in the state after a long gap of 13 years.
Voters in Ghaziabad in the battleground Uttar Pradesh state who went to the polls Saturday to choose a regional government turn up early to search for their names in the voters list.