Akhilesh Yadav and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday released the Common Minimum Programme (CMP) of Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance at joint press conference in Lucknow.
Yadav predicted rural voters would vent their frustration with Modi's banknote ban and deliver the prime minister a "big jolt".
"He [Modi] can do this [peeping into bathrooms] in his free time", Mr. Gandhi said.
When PM's took a tone of humour and mockery on the natural disaster, many MPs present felt that he has hurt the dignity of Uttarakhand but Modi's quip was a riposte to Rahul Gandhi who had earlier said that if he speaks in Parliament an quake would follow. He also warned the Congress saying he had Janam Patris (horoscope) or dossiers on each of them.
Only yesterday, in Parliament, the PM had attacked the Congress saying that only former PM Manmohan Singh knew of the art of bathing with a raincoat on.
The duo accused Modi of "distracting people from his failures" through his fiery speeches and trying to hoodwink people. "The entire country has seen it all on TV", he said, referring to the alleged sting operation in which chief minister Harish Rawat was purportedly seen negotiating a deal to buy support of disgruntled party MLAs during the political crisis previous year. Modi promised two crore jobs but has not fulfilled even one per cent of his promise. "Modi talks a lot about security, terrorism, and surgical strikes".
"If it loses UP, it will be this factor that killed its hopes", said journalist R. Jagannathan in an opinion piece for the Times of India daily.
He was referring to the Indian Army's September 29, 2016, cross-LoC surgical strikes on terror launch pads. "SP and BSP are not options for people".
The northern state is India's most populous, with more than 200 million people. While PM Modi has not yet responded to Rahul's comments, we are sure he would come up with interesting analogies and tongue-in-cheek retorts in the following days.
As Uttar Pradesh goes to the polls, it is BJP's test in the state after campaigning for their party in the state, which turns out to look like PM Modi will have to face biggest electoral since gaining power.
With regards to the knotty issue of seat sharing in a dozen seats including Amethi, both leaders made light of the issue and said "minor irritants" will be thrashed out. "On 99 percent of 403 seats no problem. This is the start", said Congress spokesman Tom Vadakkan of the tie-up with the Samajwadi Party.
The elections will be held in stages this month and next.