Chief minister Narendra Modi on Friday sought to cast himself as a poor man, a servant of the people, who has risen to prominence due to the strong democracy in the country, in the course of a pre-election rally in this north Karnataka town.
Speaking to a large crowd in a region where the BJP has traditionally enjoyed a strong support base, Modi referred to himself and said that if democracy had not become so deep-rooted in India then “a boy who sold tea would not be before you today”.
Modi attacked the Congress for not being able to provide security to women in New Delhi. “We are intent on including women in growth. We give the guarantee of providing security to women. The yardstick for progress in a country is how safe are its women,” Modi said.
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Earlier, speaking at a rally at Gulberga, Modi claimed that an anti-Congress storm was brewing in the country which could strike like a tsunami at the time of the polls. “People of the country have understood that the reason for their troubles is the Congress party. For the poor, youth and farmers, the most important thing is to uproot the Congress,” he said. Referring to eminent jurist Fali S Nariman’s refusal to be part of the Lokpal search committee, Modi said this was proof of “corrupt Congress politics”.