PM MODI OPENS PURVANCHAL EXPRESSWAY, SAYS PREVIOUS GOVT DID ‘INJUSTICE’, SP CLAIMS THE DEVELOPMENT

The Prime Minister inaugurated the 341km long Purvanchal Expressway in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh, and said the BJP has ushered in development for the people. He took a dig at the previous governments in UP for working for ‘one family’, referring to the Gandhis. “When I laid the foundation stone of Purvanchal Expressway three years back, I had never thought that I will land here on an aircraft one day,” said PM Modi. “This is the expressway to the state’s development and will show the way to a new Uttar Pradesh. This expressway is a reflection of modern facilities in UP. This expressway is the expressway of the strong willpower of UP. It is a living proof of the accomplishment of resolutions in UP,” Modi said.

He said the state was once a hub of mafia and poverty but the new Expressway has become a testimony of development  the state has witnessed. “Those who have any doubt on capabilities of UP should come to Sultanpur today to witness this. Such a modern expressway has now come up where there was just a piece of land three-four years back”, PM Modi said. The expressway was constructed with a total cost of Rs. 22,500 crore and claims to boost the economies of Lucknow, Barabanki, Amethi, Ayodhya, Sultanpur, Ambedkar Nagar, Azamgarh, Mau and Ghazipur. The six track highway connects Lunknow and Ghazipur in 3.5 hours. 

Samajwadi Party Chief Akhilesh Yadav on Twitter accused the BJP of taking credit of what was SP government’s achievements. “It is hoped that by now, the people of Lucknow must have memorised the length of the ‘Samajwadi Purvanchal Expressway’,” he tweeted. “The government before Yogiji did injustice to people of UP. The manner in which they discriminated and worked for the welfare of only their family is apparent. The people of UP will permanently remove them from the path of the state’s development”, the Prime Minister said, referring to the SP government. “During the lockdown, when lakhs of labourers were returning from Delhi to their villages in Uttar Pradesh on foot, the BJP government did not provide buses to them,” Gandhi charged in a tweet in Hindi. But the government is spending crores of the public’s hard-earned money to bring crowds to the rallies of the PM and Home Minister,” tweeted Priyanka Gandhi, accusing the government of hoarding public money to fund rallies for the PM and Union Minister Amit Shah.

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