Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi today attacked the ruling Congress at the Centre and the state for its ‘’lack of vision’’ and ‘’ruthless politicising’’ of issues like disaster, development and governance.
Mr Modi, however, declared that the recent assembly results had clearly indicated that the people want ‘’Congress-free’’ nation.
Expressing his gratitude to the massive gathering for coming to listen to him, despite suffering the traumatic experiences, Mr Modi said he had come to ‘’share their pain at the hour of their need but the ruthless politics of Congress packed him off’’.
He added that he still felt deeply concerned that nothing had been done to properly rehabilitate the people who have now to face the harsh winters amid snow-clad hills.
Referring to the Gujarat quake, he said he had welcomed assistance from all quarters, even Pakistan, as playing politics at the time of such crisis would have been against humanity.
In an indirect reference to Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi pitching for the Lokpal Bill, Mr Modi pointedly asked why then Chief Minister B C Khanduri’s Lokpal bill, even praised by Anna Hazare, was not enforced in Uttarakhand by the Congress regime.
Mr Modi also attacked the Congress for ‘’slapping one case every day on Baba Ramdev, who was crusading against corruption and black money and had devoted his life for the good health of individuals as well as the nation.’’
Mr Modi also criticised the Congress for withdrawing the Special Industrial Package which was extended by Atal Bihari Vajpayee government to then Congress ruled Uttarakhand without any bias and accused the rulers in Delhi and Doon of being ‘’cut-off from the common man and his travails’’ and ‘’lacking both the will and vision to bring about any positive change.’’ Stressing on his love and link with the ‘’Devbhumi’’ and its ‘’warm hearted, simple and God loving’’ people and several times during his emotion-packed address, Mr Modi elaborated his own vision of turning around the economy of the state which he described as new kind of SEZ as hub of spiritual environment that attracted peace-seeking people from world and could be developed like Mecca and the traditional source of young soldiers for security of the nation, who he stressed should be given opportunity to become officers.
With sustained efforts and setting up of facilities like railways, hydro-projects, tourism-friendly infrastructure, defence training schools and colleges, adventure schools, units for utilising the treasure trove of medicinal herbs and traditional wisdom, special training to promote local handicrafts and arts through women, the state could become prosperous and migration could be curbed, Mr Modi asserted. Mr Modi mentioned his own success stories in the state to stress that ‘’out of the box’’ thinking by leaders and their ‘’love and commitment for welfare of common people’’ was essential to overcome even the worst of challenges.