Prime Ministry Narendra Modi attacked the Samajwadi Party-Bahujan Samaj Party alliance on Tuesday and said that they worried about the BJP’s popularity among the masses.

Addressing a rally at Ambedkar Nagar near Ayodhya, PM Modi said, “Whenever they see the support for me among the people, the blood pressure of SP and BSP shoots up.”

The Prime Minister accused the SP and BSP of using BR Ambedkar and Ram Manohar Lohia’s name for political gains and not implementing their ideals. “Be it SP, BSP or Congress, they all did the same. Behen ji (Mayawati) used the name of Babasaheb Ambedkar but her actions were opposite to what he stood for. SP used the name of Lohia ji but they destroyed the law and order situation in UP when they were in power,” Modi said.

He continued to target the opposition on tackling terrorism and asserted that only a strong government at the Centre can fight terror. He said that the terror factories across the border are hoping for a weak government in India.

“From our neighbourhood, all they do is export terror and terrorism. It is important for a government that can tackle terrorism to come to power,” said PM Modi.

Samajwadi chief Akhilesh Yadav and BSP supremo Mayawati have been involved in a war of words with the Prime Minister in the last few weeks. Akhilesh Yadav had demanded a “72 hour” ban for Modi’s speech at a poll rally in Bengal where he claimed 40 Trinamool MLAs are in touch with him.

The Election Commission has recently barred several leaders including Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu from campaigning for 72 hours due to poll code violations.