Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Thursday addressed a huge rally in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, where he continued his offensive against the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre.
Reiterating that the country would soon be “Congress-free”, the Gujarat Chief Minister said that the recent Assembly elections in five states was a trailer of how the 2014 Lok Sabha elections would be.
He further pointed that while the Congress had been a loser in the assembly polls, it was all the more evident that the party performance even worse in the constituencies belonging to the SCs and STs.
Accusing the Congress of double standard, Modi claimed that though the party always talked about eradicating poverty, it never actually worked towards it. He went on to say that the Congress was just not willing to accept that a ‘tea-seller’ was standing tall against them.
Congress governments have failed to eradicate poverty despite repeatedly projecting it as a main plank for the last 60 years, he said.
In a sarcastic tone, he said he has been wondering for long as to why the poverty has been increasing despite the poor voting for the Congress all these years.
“Now I have got the answer. The Congress’ political future lies in keeping them poor… Its mentality is anti-poor,” he added.
He also attacked UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, saying that the father-son duo had been following him across the state. Citing that Mulayam and Akhilesh had said that Modi could never convert Uttar Pradesh into a Gujarat, the firebrand leader said that the father-son duo did not know what being Gujarat meant.
“Netaji, do you know the meaning of coverting to Gujarat? It means 24-hour electricity in every village and street. You can’t do it. It requires 56-inch chest,” Modi said, apparently suggesting that it requires decisiveness.
Accusing the Samajwadi Party of ruining Uttar Pradesh, Modi said that there was immense potential in the state but there was no political will to develop it and better its condition. He also said that all three parties – Congress, SP and BSP – merely engaged in vote-bank politics.
Modi said that the country was not poor, but it was made poor because of the misdeeds of political parties like Congress.
“This country is not poor. The people of this rich country has been kept poor for the sake of politics… You give me 60 months and I promise you a life of happiness and peace,” he said.
Earlier, hailing people for attending the rally in huge number, Modi said, “On my way to the venue on the helicopter it looked like a sea of people,” adding that every BJP rally breaks records.
He also talked about Sardar Patel’s Statue of Unity, thanking people of Uttar Pradesh for their immense support. “The Statue of Unity will be much taller and bigger than the Statue of Liberty,” said Modi.
Modi further invoked Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose on his birthday as he asked the people to elect “this sevak (servant)” after giving chances to “rulers” for 60 years.
Referring to Subhash Chandra’s Bose’s famous lines ‘you give me blood, I will give you freedom’, he said, “You (people) give me 60 months and I will give you a life of peace. I have come here to make this promise.”
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