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The opposition has given Modi a new title with Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav saying, “The nation needs a ‘pradhan mantri’ (prime minister) and not a ‘prachar mantri’ (publicity minister).” Yadav was addressing an election meeting in Hardoi. He also said that BJP is using the divide and rule policy of the British for grabbing power.

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Congress General Secretary and peculated Congress candidate against Modi in Varanasi, also called the prime minister ‘pradhan prachar mantri’ (chief publicity minister). “Water from tankers were being used to clean roads to welcome our ‘pradhan prachar mantri’ (chief publicity minister)”, she claimed, accusing the BJP of wasting drinking water to clean roads in Banda, an arid town in Uttar Pradesh’s Bundelkhand region, ahead of Modi’s visit on Thursday to address an election meeting.

She commented that this cleaning ahead of Modi’s arrival is happening at a time when the entire place, the men and women living there, school going children, crops, birds and animals are facing the spectre of drought. She also tweeted asking that “Is he a ‘chowkidar’ (watchman) or a ‘shahenshah’ (emperor) coming from Delhi.”

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath replied to Priyanka Gandhi’s statements, saying that they showed the fear of defeat gripping the Congress.”The fear of defeat has gripped the Congress so much so that it can be proved from the fact that Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has termed 11 seconds of washing of keechad (mud), as the washing of an entire road,” he said.

He too, took it to Twitter, saying “The Congress is a factory of lies. Even after tendering an apology in the Supreme Court, these Congressmen are not mending their ways.”

His reference was to Congress president Rahul Gandhi expressing regret in the Supreme Court on Monday over his remark “chowkidar (watchman) Narendra Modi chor hai” in connection with the Rafale fighter jet judgment.

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