New Delhi: Narendra Modi will not be able to realise his dream of becoming prime minister despite his “marketing gimmicks”, says Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and claims that the BJP strongman's candidature from Varanasi will not affect Samajwadi Party or its votes.
40-year-old Akhilesh also alleged that the saffron party tried to take political mileage from the Muzaffarnagar riots.
Unfazed by the hype surrounding Modi, he claimed that it cannot prevent Samajwadi Party, which won 23 seats in 2009, from bettering its performance.
“BJP and Modi know that they cannot do anything without Uttar Pradesh so they are trying to build a hype.
But they will not gain anything outside Varanasi. We will retain all our seats close to Varanasi be it Ghazipur, Mirzapur or Chandauli and netaji (Mulayam) himself is contesting from Azamgarh,” he told PTI in an interview.