Jodhpur (Rajasthan), Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday made a blistering attack on country’s first Prime Minister Pt Jawahwarlal Nehru for his faulty agrarian policies and said those were essentially responsible for the hardships of farming community.
Addressing an election rally at here, he asserted that things would have been different if Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was in power during those days.
“Yeh Gulab Ke phool lagake ghumne wale log, bagicho ka gyan tha. Unko kheto ka gyan nahi tha (“I want to say something very clearly. Those who roamed about with ‘rose’ pinned on attire might have had knowledge of the garden but hardly understood anything about farming),” the Prime Minister said.
“Those leaders did not appreciate the hard work of Indian farmers. If Sardar Patel was country’s first Prime Minister, the farmers would not be going through the problems they are facing today,” Mr Modi said charging the Congress with “spreading falsehood” about farming community.
“Those who did not understand anything about farming, ruled India for four generations and that is the cause our farmers have to suffer what they are undergoing today,” he said it is “ridiculous” to note that the people who are lecturing about farmers do not know the difference a plant or a tree.
Mr Modi urged the voters in Rajasthan to give BJP another chance to rule the state and said the new BJP-led dispensation in Jaipur would strive hard to fulfill people’s aspirations.
He said the Congress party had ridiculed him for taking up the Cleanliness Drive but little did Congress party realise that even Mahatma Gandhi had nurtured such a dream and also that Swacchta Mission had helped increase 10 per cent more tourism to India this year.
He also said Congress leaders like Rahul Gandhi himself was responsible for NPAs vis-a-vis banks as he used to make tele calls and banks used to give out huge amount of loan to select industrialists.