BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Saturday held Congress-led UPA government responsible for all the problems in the country and accused the BSP and SP of being hand-in-glove.
He also accused the Congress of not fulfilling its promise of curtailing inflation. Gujarat’s CM also took a dig at the food security law. He promised development if voted to power. Although he did not mentionMuzaffarnagar riots but accused the SP of indulging in vote-bank politics by referring to the withdrawal of cases against terror accused. He also took dig at the SP government for poor law and order.
It was Modi’s first rally in UP after being nominated BJP’s prime ministerial candidate.
Narendra Modi started by saying “Bharat mata ki jay” and hailed the people of Kanpur who assembled in large numbers to hear him. He said that the Kanpur rally has won his heart. “The way people have welcomed me is overwhelming. They have waited for hours in extreme hot conditions. I salute you all. I will not disappoint anyone,” he said.
Modi said that in 2009, the Congress had promised to control inflation within 90 days after coming to power. “Has it done so … no … now, you will have to punish them,” he said.
The Prime Minister has not uttered a single word on why he has not been able to check inflation, he said. Neither Sonia Gandhi, not Congress’s ‘shehzada’ (Rahul Gandhi) have expressed regret for not being able to control inflation, he added.
Modi said that people should not only punish Congress for making false promises and making people suffer, but also for those parties in UP which have helped UPA to rule for five years by giving backdoor support. He said that in the first war of independence, people from Kanpur fought to throw out British, “now you (people) will have come together to throw out Congress”. “Earlier, the war was for freedom (swaraj), now for good governance (suraj).” he said.
Modi claimed that in the past one year, over 5000 innocent have been killed, but despite that the SP government here is indulging in vote-bank politics. “Now, the SP government is releasing terror accused … it is ok … should the government interfere in trial going in the court … please teach such a government a lesson,” he said.
Modi said that UP has given eight prime ministers to the country but no development has taken place in the state. “As a result, people from UP are going to other states to earn their livelihood. People from all districts of UP are working in different parts of the Gujarat,” he claimed.
Modi said that in UP, law and order is terrible. “When a person boards a train for Gujarat, his mother calls him at regular intervals to inquire about his safety … but as soon as he enters Gujarat, the mother goes to sleep saying that now her son his safe,” he claimed. He said that Congress, BSP and SP have spoiled UP and people need to be free from the evil designs of the trio.
Attacking the opposition for questioning development in Gujarat under BJP’s rule, Modi said that the coming elections are for Lok Sabha and not Gujarat. “I worked for Gujarat, went to people, they voted me back, I passed with distinction. Now, the question is what development Congress’s central government has done in India, so Congress should answer about its rule,” he said.
Modi attacked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Coalgate. “A retired IAS officer says that PM should be the accused No. 1 in Coalgate … Supreme Court is monitoring the coal scam … but coal files are missing … in my view, the entire government is missing,” he said.
Modi accused Congress government of making a mockery of poverty. “Congress MPs are saying that a meal is available for Rs 12 and Rs 5. Planning Commission says that those earning Rs 26 in villages and Rs 32 in cities are not poor,” he said. The government, he added, should be for the poor and their welfare, and not for rich.
Attacking the secular card played by the opposition, Modi said that “our (BJP) ideology is that people of all religion should develop and do better”. “Government has only one religion — people’s welfare. Vote-bank politics has wasted 60 years after independence. Now, we want to introduce development politics.” he said.
Modi promised the people of UP that he will pay back the people, if they elect BJP to power. He concluded by chanting ‘Vande Mataram’.