Jalaun, Feb 20: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday, while addressing a rally in Phoolpur region of Jalaun district in Uttar Pradesh ahead of fourth phase of Assembly elections 2017, equated himself to former prime minister of India Lal Bahadur Shastri and said that after him only he had the courage to ask people to give up their gas subsidies which was followed by the mass religiously.

PM Modi, during his address, said, “In 1960s, Lal Bahadur Shastri had asked the people to skip a meal so that India could overcome chronic food shortage and after so many years, only I had the courage to ask people to give up gas subsidy which was followed by every person.”

Lal Bahadur Shashtri had urged the people to voluntarily give up one meal so that the food saved could be distributed to the affected populace when the country was experiencing chronic food shortages in 1960s. However, he ensured that he first implemented the system in his own family before appealing to the country.  (For full election coverage CLICK HERE)

While launching an attack on Samajwadi Party, PM Modi said that they are contesting elections to salvage their pride whereas, BJP’s main focus is to bring a change in the country.

PM Modi also raised the illegal mining issue in the region and promised to form a special squad to check the illegal mining. As per him, the region is suffering due to the support of political parties to illegal miners.

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He also raised many issues related to the law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh and spoke about problems faced by farmers as well. The PM promised to waive off farmers’ loan if BJP is voted to power in Uttar Pradesh. Speaking about demonetisation, he also attacked the Opposition parties. He also said that that India, even today, says that if Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel would have been the first prime minister of the nation, then the situation of the farmers would have been better today.

Earlier in the day, the Prime Minister had addressed a rally in Orai region of Jalaun where he had taken a dig at BSP supremo Mayawati and had called BSP as ‘Behenji Sampatti Party’.

Uttar Pradesh is witnessing polls in seven phases. Polling for the last three phases had been conducted peacefully. The fourth phase of Assembly elections will be held on February 23. The counting of votes will be held on March 11.

Here is the full address of PM Narendra Modi in Phoolpur: