Addressing an election rally in Hardoi, Modi also lambasted his rivals for making fun of his poverty-stricken background, saying he used to sell tea but is proud that he never sold the nation.

Attacking Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Modi said that Uttar Pradesh needs to get rid of dynasty and caste-based politics

In an apparent jibe at Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, the Gujarat Chief Minister said, “Those born with a silver spoon can never understand poverty.”

“I was born in backward community. I get sad when leaders of Congress, SP and BSP mock poor,” Modi said.

“Those who make fun of my poverty I want to tell them; yes I sold tea but I never sold the nation and I am proud of this,” he added.

Putting forward a brave stance on the issue of corruption and presence of criminals in the Parliament, Modi said the country deserves a strong government at the Centre and if he becomes the country’s Prime Minister he would not spare any criminal, irrespective of their party.

“I am not bothered if I win or not but I will never compromise with my principles. Will make committees to look into criminal cases of people,” Modi said.

“We want a Parliament free from criminals. We won't spare a single convicted politician. We won’t even spare leaders from NDA if they are guilty,” he added.

Modi will also be addressing rallies in Etah, Hathras, Firozabad and Mathura on Monday.

Modi will be campaigning for Bollywood actress and party candidate from Mathura Hema Malini, among others.


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