Staff Reporter, Bhopal
Placing the Centre’s United Progressive Alliance regime in the crosshairs, the BJP’s prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi today issued a clarion call to saffron party workers to fulfil the dream of an India free of Congress’ corruption and nepotism.
“It was Mahatma Gandhi’s dream that the Congress be dissolved after Independence. The Delhi Sultanate is troubling those states that never voted for the Congress. The quantum of funds disbursed to non-Congress-ruled states is not even half that provided to Congress-ruled ones,” the Gujarat Chief Minister said while addressing a mammoth Karyakarta Mahakumbh (confluence of workers) in the Madhya Pradesh capital.
India would not forgive the Congress that scarcely has the strength to take on the BJP, Mr Modi said while claiming that a BJP wave is sweeping across the country but it is the party worker’s job to convey the impact of this wave to the “ballot box” (electronic voting machine). “Do you desire to compel your children to live in poverty? Do you wish for a situation where no medicine will be available at a time of illness and no dwellings for the impoverished? Vote for liberation from these evils,” he said.
Making an oblique reference to “misuse” of central investigating agencies, Mr Modi quipped that the Congress would not field candidates during the assembly polls in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Delhi and the subsequent general elections. Instead the CBI would contest the polls, he added.
“The Congress ruined Madhya Pradesh during a decade’s rule. New Delhi does not allow (Chief Minister) Shivraj (Singh Chouhan) to sit in peace and creates hurdles every day. The Government in this state is of the BJP but are not the denizens Indian citizens,” he asked.
If gates are erected at Gujarat’s Sardar Sarovar Dam then Madhya Pradesh alone would receive 800 MW power but the Centre is not granting permission to install the gates, Mr Modi alleged while wondering why this state’s public is being punished.
The Gujarat Chief Minister stated that the Centre was forced to employ the term “inclusive growth” because it was exemplified in functioning by BJP-ruled states for which the maximum credit goes to Mr Chouhan.
“One gets ample opportunities to address public meetings and workers’ conventions in political life. Nevertheless, I would like to say that organising such a confluence is not everyone’s cup of tea,” he said adding that this was the greatest tribute to Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya whose birth anniversary is being observed today.
Recalling that he listened to the Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister wax eloquent on Pt Upadhyaya’s ‘Ekatma Manav-vad’ (Integral Humanism) when he worked as a party worker in the state, Mr Modi said Mr Chouhan translated his insights into reality.