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In rallies across Punjab, Modi unveils farm formula

Farm, fibre, fabric, fashion, foreign countries to rev up growth. Tweet This
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Sukhbir Badal with Narendra Modi in Ludhiana on Friday.  Sukhbir Badal with Narendra Modi in Ludhiana on Friday.

Claiming that the Congress will not touch double digits in any state, BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi said on Friday it was time to vote for a decisive government in the interest of the country.

Addressing five back-to-back rallies across Punjab as part of his Bharat Vijay rally, Modi came prepared on issues confronting each constituency he was addressing and touched upon various issues like “narco-terrorism,” drug menace, problems faced by residents in border areas, industry and suicides by farmers in the cotton belt.

In the backdrop of smuggling of drugs, Modi warned Pakistan against nefarious designs under which it was resorting to narco-terrorism to destroy the youth. He said while the country was reeling under a crisis, Sonia Gandhi’s single-point agenda was to make her son the next prime minister.

“We do not want just a new government, but a strong government. Neither the jawan nor the kisan is happy in this country,” he said addressing his rally in Bathinda. Modi unveiled a “5 F” (farm, fibre, fabric, fashion, foreign countries ) formula for the cotton belt and declared it would transform the life of farmers as their product will end up in countries abroad providing them dividends.

In Pathankot, where Modi canvassed for Vinod Khanna , he broached the issue of drugs and warned the countries responsible for supplying drugs. “Our youth is being consumed gradually. We will address this issue when we come to power,” he promised.

Praising Khanna, Modi said he believed in simple living and had a connect with the people of his constituency. He also recalled how Khanna’s gesture had helped the people of Gujarat during the 2001 earthquake.

In Amritsar, giving a big boost to the campaign of BJP nominee Arun Jaitley, Modi called him “a diamond that was hard to find in public life”.

Modi, who reserved a good portion of his 35-minute address for Jaitley, told the gathering that they can “expect more from Jaitley than from Modi” underlining that not only the government at the Centre but Punjab will also benefit after Jaitley made it to the Lok Sabha.

Recalling his association with Jaitley dating back to their student days, Modi said: “In 20 years as a Rajya Sabha member, Jaitley did a commendable job as a parliamentarian, as a minister in the Vajpayee government and as the Leader of Opposition.”

At all rallies, Modi made it a point to speak high of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal. He said he learnt a lot from him and also recollected how he was treated well by Punjab when he was a party office-bearer.

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