UP polls: Narendra Modi holds roadshow in Varanasi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a roadshow for the seventh and last phase of Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections in Varanasi on Friday.
At a rally in Mirzapur on Friday, Modi appeared to eat his own words after Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra called him out.
The Prime Minister had two weeks back said in a speech that he had seen a video of a poor, elderly woman that touched his heart and he wanted to share it.
In the video, the woman had said: “Humne Modi ka namak khaya hai. Vishwasghat nahin karenge. (We have been fed by Modi and will not betray him.)”
The Prime Minister recounted this and went on to talk about the free ration that the elderly woman and others like her had received.
Days later, Priyanka hit out at Modi, and said it was not the voters who needed to be grateful to politicians but the other way round.
Power belonged to the people and they had loaned it to the politicians, she said.
“Namak aapne nahin khaya. Neta aapka namak khaate hain.”
On Friday, Modi spoke of the video again but said he wanted to tell the elderly woman: “Aapne Modi ka namak nahin khaya.... namak aapne mujhe khilaya hai...”