Voting has opened in India's most populous state of Uttar Pradesh, in a contest seen as a key mid-term test for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his economic reform policy. "Let him do that in his free time but his main job is that of a Prime Minister in which he has been a cent per cent failure", Gandhi said at the joint media conference. Modi is the first PM who has become popular all over the world for his excellent and dynamic presentation making India very stable despite too much opposition.
The last phase of the Uttar Pradesh elections is scheduled on March 8, and results from the state, along with elections in Punjab, Goa, Uttarakhand and Manipur, are due on March 11.
Assailing the state government over law and order situation, particularly women's security, Modi called upon the people to oust a government which was not sensitive to their needs.
Mr Modi and his ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have campaigned hard to win the state, which is important politically because it sends 80 MPs to the Lower House of Parliament, the largest number of any state. "We have not come together just for forming a government in UP but also to transform the state". "This election will give him a strong response", Gandhi said at the press conference in Lucknow on Saturday. "There are 40,000 complaints registered under the Arms Act", he said.
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Not to take the comment lying down, Samajwadi Party President and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav in his rallies told the electorate that SCAM actually stood for "Save the Country from Amit Shah and Modi".
In the town of Kairana, where residents came to blows past year when the local BJP MP accused Muslims of driving out Hindus, voters from both communities turned out in large numbers.
"One clan destroyed India and the other destroyed Uttar Pradesh".
The party won four out of the six assembly seats here in the 2012 assembly elections, while the remaining two went to Bahujan Samaj Party. His journey, however, has been far from smooth, especially in the past few weeks when he fought a very public battle with Mulayam Singh Yadav, his father and chief of the party.