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Azamgarh now 'vikas ka garh': PM Modi in SP den 
Mar 11, 2024 12:34 pm

 In a scathing attack on Samajwadi Party in its political bastion Azamgarh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said venom of appeasement was weakening with Uttar Pradesh touching a new height of development. Virtually inaugurating and laying foundation of projects worth Rs 42,000crore across India with Rs 34,700-crore projects in UP alone -- the PM recalled how "people of Azamgarh helped a youth like Dinesh (Bhojpuri singer- actor Dinesh Lal Nirahua) demolish the fiefdom of a family to send out a message that the SP fort could be breached." While SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav represented Azamgarh in 2014, his son Akhilesh Yadav replaced him as an MP in 2019.However, the SP candidate, Akhilesh's cousin Dharmendra Yadav, lost to BJP's Dinesh Lal Nirahua in the 2022 Lok Sabha bypoll. It's widely expected that Akhilesh will contest again from this seat."They are so frustrated that they abuse Modi and say Modi doesn't have a family. They forget that the 140-crore population of the country is Modi's family," he said, responding to RJD president Lalu Prasad, who in a recent rally said that he (Modi) accuses opposition parties of practising 'parivaravaad' as he did not have a family of his own. "Once a victim of extremism, casteism and appeasement politics, this district has now emerged as 'Ajanmagarh' -- an epitome of unending march of development. It will be 'vikas ka garh' (bastion of development) forever," the PM said.While Modi used 'Ajanmagarh' for Azamgarh, UP CM Yogi Adityanath has referred to it as 'Aryamgarh' in his past speeches. Mentioning how UP's progress aligns with the nation's growth trajectory, Modi praised Yogi for exemplary implementation of Central schemes under the double engine government and positioning the state among top performers. Modi highlighted UP's rising profile, fuelled by mega investments, ground-breaking ceremonies, and the expansion of expressway networks and highways. He praised the state's focus on improving law and order, exemplified by the completion of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya. "Azamgarh, which was once considered backward, is a shining star today and is writing a new chapter of development for the country. There was a time when there would be an event in Delhi and other states would join in. Today, the event is being held in Azamgarh and thousands of people from different parts of the country are connecting with Azamgarh," Modi said.This region started witnessing politics of development after 2014. The pace of development was further accelerated after the Yogi government was formed seven years ago. Cities like Aligarh, Moradabad, Azamgarh, Shravasti which were known as backward areas started getting air connectivity. The process of urbanisation, which should have been started 30 years ago, could start in the BJP-led government by ensuring modern infrastructure moves beyond metro cities to small towns and villages," he said.