Junagadh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wedesday strongly hit out at the Congress, saying that with the surfacing of the ‘Tughlak Road Scam,’ it has become clear that the party, which was earlier using Karnataka as its ATM, has also turned Madhya Pradesh into the same.He also alleged that Congress was supporting those, who talked about separation of Kashmir and also the gang that shouted slogans about breaking India.
Addressing an election rally at the Agriculture University Ground here, Mr Modi, in a veiled reference to the recovery of huge amount of cash during the recent raids on the house of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath’s OSD in Indore and at other places in the country, reportedly associated with Congress leaders, said, ‘One more scam in the form of Tughlak road scam has surfaced and been associated with Congress, which has, in its name, numerous scams.
‘The latest scam is not any speculation, but is with proofs. It has made it clear how the party was snatching the money meant for feeding the poor children and pregnant women, to feed their own leaders. For the past 3-4 days, you are seeing in the media as to how sacks filled with cash were being recovered from the Congress leaders.
‘It was also being reported as to from where the money was recovered and where it was meant to go. It has hardly been six months since the formation of Congress government in MP. The party had earlier made Karnataka its ATM and now, MP has also become so and perhaps the situation of Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh was also not much different. Congress comes to power only and only for the loot of public money,’ he alleged.
Narrating a story of three greedy sons and a shrewd father and associating it with Congress, Mr Modi alleged that Congress made false promises only.
He also reiterated that the Gandhi-Nehru family hated Gujarat. He said it had targeted Sardar Patel and plotted the fall of Morarji Desai government and was now behind him. Mr Modi said the country would prosper, only when it was safe and when he talked about uprooting of terrorism, Congress called him names.
Taking another jibe at Congress, the Prime Minister said that BJP has a track record of doing things for people, like taking initiatives for the welfare of people, providing opportunities to the middle class and acting tough against terrorism, but Congress has no such track record.
It only has a tape recorder, on which they just play one song – remove Modi. They don’t have any other agenda, the Prime Minister remarked.
He also alleged that Congress was taking sides with those, who want to part Kashmir from India.He said that Sardar Patel unified problematic erstwhile princely states like Junagadh and Hyderabad with India smoothly with his tough stance and also sent army in Kashmir at his own, ignoring Nehru ji and it was because of that the part of it that is now with India, could be kept intact.
‘The issue of Kashmir could not be resolved at the time of independence due to Nehru and our jawans were shedding blood there even today,’ Mr Modi alleged.
‘Now, Congress is again going against the dreams of Sardar Patel by supporting those who talk about separating Kashmir from India and about a separate PM for Kashmir. Can any Gujarati or Bihari or Assamese or a resident of any other state even dream of talking about that?
‘But, Congress is standing shoulder-to-shoulder with such people. India has done every thing for Jammu and Kashmir and even jawans/sons from all the states had martyred for the safety of Kashmir. Should there be another PM for Kashmir?,’ he asked.
According to the Prime Minister, ‘An environment of fear was being created in the country. Congress itself has become fearful after the air strike and surgical strikes on terror camps. Those who feel stomach-ache when our brave soldiers do action in Pakistan, should certainly be identified.
‘Earlier, terrorists used to do blasts in the country every now and then. Even Gujarat had been targeted, the Akshardham temple was also not spared. There was a major attack in Mumbai, but the then remote-controlled UPA government did not do anything.
‘Our government has decided to hit out at the place, from where terrorism is nurtured. We have only given our Army the free hand. I don’t know which guns or aircraft they use for operation, all I have done is given them free hand to take action.
‘Congress, which did nothing during its regime, should not hinder my way now. And see its double policy, now it was expressing doubts on our soldiers and asking for proofs of strikes and had the operation been such that our jawans could not return, Congress would have pulled my hairs,’ Mr Modi remarked.
He said that he called the ‘Ghoshna Patra’ (election manifesto) of Congress a ‘Dhakosla Patra’ (eyewash of sorts).
‘It talked about making our soldiers unarmed and giving legal protection to those gangs, who shout slogans about breaking our nation.
‘Due to their sins, they were bound to languish in prison. In the last five years, I have brought them to the door of the jail and during the next tenure, they would enter it. Whoever had looted our nation, would have to return every single paisa of it.
‘Gujarat, in fact, is lucky that Congress was not in rule here for long. See what this party has done even in just six months of its rule in MP. If they got a chance to rule the country, they would again loot it. MP was like a trailer, if they got a chance to rule the country again, they would show a film,’ he added.
Mr Modi also talked at length about the steps taken by his government for fishermen and other communities in Gujarat and other development works.
Terming himself as the son of Gujarat and also a ‘Chowkidar,’ he urged the people of Gujarat to make BJP victorious again on all 26 LS seats, to continue the development journey. He also said that people of his state should ensure that the nomination-related deposits of the opponents of Gujarat, were forfeited.
Mr Modi appealed to the first-time voters to exercise their first-ever franchise, keeping in mind the interest of the nation. He claimed that there was a wave in favrour of the BJP, across the country.