‘Flop film of Do Shehzade’ vs ‘new film on June 4’: PM Modi takes a dig, Akhilesh Yadav hits back | India News

NEW DELHI: Election campaigning and movies may have little in common, but when arch political rivals are in the middle of a high-stakes contest, they often add Bollywood twist to attack their opponents. The campaigning for Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday saw one such interesting exchange between Prime Minister Modi and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav.
PM Modi took a dig at the alliance of Akhilesh Yadav and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and ridiculed their coming together for a second time. “I am surprised by the repeated release of ‘Do Shehzade’, a flop film of SP and Congress,” PM Modi said at an election rally in Basti.
The Prime Minister’s reference was to the alliance of the two parties in 2017 Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. Akhilesh and Rahul had then joined hands and ran a spirited campaign under the banner “UP ke ladke.” However, the alliance failed and the BJP stormed to power in the state.
The Samajwadi Party chief, who is known for his witty responses, reacted to PM’s dig and said “a new film will be released on June 4.” “The INDIA alliance is surging ahead with the passing of every round of voting. A new film will be released on June 4 which the country will see with enthusiasm,” Akhilesh Yadav said at an election rally.
The Samajwadi Party chief has exuded confidence about the results of ongoing Lok Sabha elections and has claimed that the INDIA bloc will be winning 79 out of 80 seats in Uttar Pradesh. Prime Minister took a dig at Akhilesh Yadav’s claims and said now he understands what daydreaming means.
“Both the ‘Shehzadas’ of Congress and SP are spreading rumours that they will win 79 seats of UP. Earlier I used to hear that people used to daydream, but now I understand what it means to daydream. On June 4, the people of UP will wake them and then they will blame the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM),” PM Modi said countering the victory claims of Akhilesh and Rahul.
Modi also took a jibe at the huge crowds seen at recent rallies of the SP and the Congress in UP and said, “I was told that the SP and the Congress people give contracts to bring people to their rallies. The people are reaching the stage because they have not made the payments.”
The Prime Minister was referring to a joint rally of Akhilesh and Rahul at Phulpur (Pragagraj) when the two leaders had to leave without addressing the gathering after a huge crowd gathered near the dais.

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