NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday made a scathing attack on the Congress party and said that the 125-year-old party has been seeking the support of non-existent and smaller political parties for its survival. The PM also urged the Grand Old Party to shun arrogance and do some sort of introspection as to why it has been reduced to 44 seats in Lok Sabha.
The PM also referred to the Congress party’s allegations on Rafale fighter jet deal and said, “Opposition indulges in mud-slinging because it finds it easier than debating on issues like development. The more mud you (Congress) sling, the more lotus will bloom.”
Accusing the Congress party of appeasing minorities for vote-bank politics, the PM said, ”The vote-bank politics of Congress has destroyed the nation like termites.”
”Such is the condition of the more than 100 years old party that they are seeking certificates of much smaller parties. Had they done some introspection in the last four years then such a situation would not have arisen,” PM Modi said while addressing party workers in Bhopal.
Referring to Congress party’s effort to stitch a ”grand alliance” of like-minded parties to oust BJP from power in the 2019 polls, the PM said, ”Mahagatbandhan’ (grand alliance) has been formed due to fear of losing elections.”
During his speech, the PM also underlined the importance of grassroot-level workers in BJP and said that it is a matter of pride for the party to be the world’s largest political outfit.
“We are proud of the fact that BJP has a government in 19 states of the country. UPA government never allowed a BJP-led state to function. Congress has only divided the nation. We have to eliminate the politics of vote-bank,” PM Modi said.
While reiterating that the BJP government is committed to its goal of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’, the PM said, ”Our government believes in social justice and will continue to work for the welfare of its people.”
The PM made these remarks while addressing a mega congregation of BJP workers in Bhopal, an event which was organised just ahead of the Assembly polls in Madhya Pradesh.
The ‘Karyakarta Mahakumbh’ (grand assembly of party workers), was held on the occasion of birth anniversary of ‘Hindutva’ icon and Bharatiya Jana Sangh (BJS) co-founder Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya.
”The nation can never forget Mahatma Gandhi, Ram Manohar Lohia and Deendayal Upadhyay. These three personalities have worked for the betterment of the poeple, have led the people to great achievements,” PM Modi said.
The event, organised at Jambooree Maidan in the BHEL locality, was believed to be the “world’s largest congregation of political workers,” which was also addressed by the party chief Amit Shah and other top leaders including Uma Bhaarti and MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
A big country needs a strong leader like me to rule it: Modi
Solapur: Attacking Congress and Opposition, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said that he is being targeted because he is from backward community.
“The Congress and its allies say that all Modis in the society are thieves. The Congress and its allies have not kept any shortcomings in abusing of my backward caste. This time they have crossed the limits and abused the entire backward society,” Modi said.
“I have a question. Why all the thieves have Modi in their names whether be it Nirav Modi, Lalit Modi and Narendra Modi? We don’t know how many more such Modis will come out,” Gandhi had said recently.
PM Modi said that he was used to such bashing. “Now, they are blaming the entire community while defaming me. If you dare to defame a community, I will not tolerate it,” he said.
He asked why label the entrie backward community thieves by calling him one.
Addressing a poll rally in Maharashtra’s Madha, Modi slammed the “dynastic politics” of Sharad Pawar and claimed the NCP chief had “fled” the poll arena from Madha Lok Sabha constituency as he sensed defeat.
Modi said to run such a big country, we need a strong leader.
Slamming Gandhi, Modi said, “The ‘naamdar’ (dynast) first tried ‘chowkidar chor hai’ (slogan). Now they are trying to defame a backward community (Modi community). Being from a backward community, I am used to the suffering.”
PM Modi most anti-national, dividing nation: Rahul
New Delhi: Congress President Rahul Gandhi slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for being the “most anti-national” and accused him of “dividing the nation”.
Reacting to Modi’s allegation of the Congress turning anti-national, Gandhi said his grand old party has an exceptional track record of fighting forces that attack the nation.
“Thousands of Congress workers have laid down their lives, fighting such forces. Today the most anti-national act is the act of Modi who is dividing the nation,” said Gandhi as he kicked off his day-long campaign here in Kerala.
“Crippling the agricultural system, leading to farmers suicide is another anti-national act of Modi. Youths loosing their jobs is also another anti-national act. Modi has failed in all these and it’s time that he answers,” he told the media at a presser here.
Gandhi said the three key issues ruling the 2019 Lok Sabha polls are destruction of the Indian economy, personal corruption of Modi and the plight of the farmers.
“We are looking forward to forming the next government,” said Gandhi as he was about to leave, when a few questions were hurled at him.
The Congress leader, taking them returned to his seat sporting a smile, and said: “How come the Prime Minister does not have the guts to face the Kerala, Odisha or the Delhi media?”
From Kannur, Gandhi will make a whirlwind visit to five assembly constituencies in the Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency, from where he is contesting the polls.
He is also fighting from his traditional Amethi Lok Sabha seat.
Country will see Priyanka the way it views ‘chor ki biwi’: Uma
Durg: Union Minister Uma Bharti on Tuesday courted controversy by saying the country will see Priyanka Gandhi Vadra the way it views a “thief’s wife”, while claiming that the Congress general secretary will have no impact on the outcome of Lok Sabha polls in Uttar Pradesh.
To a question on whether Priyanka Gandhi will contest the general elections from Varanasi, from where Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seeking re-election, Bharti said, “It is a democracy, anybody can fight election from anywhere”.
When asked to comment on the impact the Congress leader could have on the poll outcome, the firebrand BJP leader told reporters in Chhattisgarh’s Durg, “Nothing. Why will she have an impact… Whose husband is facing theft charges. She will be seen the way India sees a thief’s wife.” Bharti also targeted Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, saying by choosing to contest elections from Amethi and Wayanad, he has accepted defeat. He is the national president of his party and can fight as many elections as he wants, the BJP leader said.
She also slammed Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan for his derogatory remarks against BJP leader Jaya Prada and sought that he be barred from contesting the election.
Bharti said the EC’s decision to award equal punishment to Khan and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath was an “injustice” to the latter. He (Adityanath) took the name of God and did not insult any woman, she said, adding Khan should be slapped with all provisions of IPC related to insulting women.
The Election Commission on Monday imposed a nationwide campaign ban on Adityanath for 72 hours for his “provocative” communal remarks, which it said had the “propensity to polarise the elections”. A three-day campaign ban has also been imposed on Khan for his alleged “khaki underwear” jibe against actor-turned-politician Jaya Prada, who is his rival BJP candidate in Rampur Lok Sabha seat. The all-India ban came into force from 6 am Tuesday.
Bharti on Tuesday campaigned for BJP’s candidate in Durg Lok Sabha constituency which goes to polls in the third phase on April 23.