The party also alleged that SP's "Desh Bachao, Desh Banao (Save the Nation, Build the Nation)" rally in Azamgarh was organized on the government expenditure.

"The popularity of BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi was playing on the mind of SP leaders, therefore they were in a hurry to organize a rally bigger than that of the Gujarat Chief Minister," state BJP chief spokesman Vijay Bahadur Pathak told reporters in Lucknow.
He alleged that instead of speaking on their achievements the speakers targeted Modi.
Referring to Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav's remarks that those holding rallies should come and see how big the SP meet was, Pathak said, "From this it is clear that the pressure to organize a rally bigger than that of Modi was in their mind."
It was expected that the Chief Minister would announce compensation to families of the 46 people killed in the hooch tragedy, ‘but it did not happened which disappointed’ the locals, he claimed.
Pathak said that though the rally was organized in the name of 17 backward castes, the speakers failed to spell out the works done by the SP government for these communities.


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