Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Raj Babbar criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday for allegedly indulging in politics over martyrs, saying his predecessors never did that for electoral gains. Also Read - Give Concrete Solutions, Not Plain Speeches: Congress Slams PM Modi Over His Address to Nation

Addressing an election meeting in Balrampur, Babbar said, “The children of farmers laid down their lives defending the country’s borders while the people occupying the seats of power were playing politics over their martyrdom.” Also Read - Anticipating Backlash, BJP Turns Off 'Dislike' Button on YouTube Channel Amid PM Modi's Address to The Nation

“Former prime ministers Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi sacrificed their lives for the country but never used the names of martyrs to derive political mileage,” he added. Also Read - Government Working to Ensure Every Citizen Gets COVID-19 Vaccine: PM Modi in Address to Nation

On the Congress’s proposed minimum income guarantee scheme NYAY, Babbar said his party always fulfills promises made to people.

Balrampur, under Shravasti parliamentary constituency, will go to polls on 12 May in the sixth phase of the ongoing general elections.

Babbar is contesting the general election from Fatehpur Sikri constituency.