Modi takes ‘Jayanthi tax’ jibe at Congress, tears into its manifesto

Modi alleged that Nehru had "mocked" at the demand for creation of separate state of Jharkhand.

Gumla | Published: March 27, 2014 2:08 pm

Launching a blistering attack on Congress on corruption and accusing it of making false promises in its manifesto, Narendra Modi on Thursday reached out to tribals recalling that it was a BJP-led government that had created Jharkhand and set up a dedicated ministry for them.

Addresssing a rally in the mining state, the BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate alleged that India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru had “mocked” at the demand for creation of separate state of Jharkhand.

He also hit out at the UPA government over alleged corruption in giving clearances for power projects and revived his “Jayanthi tax” barb to target former Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan.

“Yesterday Congress party released its manifesto. For any political party, its manifesto should be like the Gita, the Quran and the Bible and not some document to throw dust in people’s eyes. Congress party made its manifesto a political tool and did not maintain its sactity,” Modi said.

Interacting with the crowd, he asked them whether they will trust the words of Congress or its “false promises” made in the manifesto.

“They had made promises even in 2004 and 2009. They had said that they will bring down prices and will provide job to one member of each family. Whether they gave you the jobs?” he asked.

Modi also chose the occasion to urge the Election Commission to frame some rule under which a party, which comes to power, should be asked after remaining in power about how many of the promises made in its manifesto were fulfilled. Addressing a pre-dominantly tribal gathering, Modi accused Congress of ignoring the welfare of tribals.

“These Congress people had no idea that our tribals brothers and sisters also live in the country. A number of Congress governments came to power in last sixty years. Nehru became Prime Minister. But they never thought about creating a ministry for the welfare of tribals,” he said.

He said that it was NDA’s Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who created a dedicated ministry for tribals and earmarked a separate budget for them.

“A number of Congress governments came but they did not give power in your hands….Vajpayeeji gave us Jharkhand, he gave the right to us to decide how should it progress…. Nehruji had mocked at the demand for Jharkhand.

“Now that Jharkhand is in place, Congress is adopting all kinds of tactics (hathkanda) to capture power. They stand behind some one at one time and some other at the other time,” the BJP leader said, alluding to the different allies Congress had chosen in the state in the last few years.

Currently, Congress is partnering an alliance government with JMM and RJD in the state. Earlier, it had tied up with Babulal Marandi’s JVM (P) and had also supported independent Madhu Koda’s government.

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  1. S
    Jan 30, 2015 at 12:12 pm
    The Congress manifesto could have reach Narendra Modi by mail or telephone. I don't know what rock you've been living under but in this day and age, w doents can be transmitted in seconds.Rajiv hi was inated in 1991 so I highly doubt he "sowed the seed by setting up 'Jharkhand Area Autonomous Council' as far back as in August 1995".Also the author does not mean that Jawaharlal Nehru literally mocked Jharkhand, but his government did ignore the call for the state when Bihar was formed. If you want to rant, atleast get your facts right.
    1. T
      Mar 28, 2014 at 4:19 am
      "Congress Manifesto 2014" was released on 26th,atNew Delhi within 24 hours ,it is reported that "Modi,who was in Gumla in Jharkhand 1,160 Kms away from Delhi, tears into it"!Obviously he has not seen or read it!No doubt that Jharkhand State was creted in November,2000during BJP-led NDA-II regime!But what Modi has successfully suppressed from public view was the fact that Rajiv hi sowed the seed by settingup "Jharkhand Area Autonomous Council" as far back as in August.1995!By following the policyof "suppressio verii and suggestio falsii" Modi misleads the gullible people and creates a halo around BJP! India's First PM and Architect of Modern India-Jawaharlal Nehru died on 27th May, 1964, how could he have "mocked" at the demand for creation of Jharkhand? He should prove his statement or else tender open apology!Has Modi seen the doent: "Vajpayee Regime: A saga of Sin, Shame and Scams"!It makes a long list of scams,scandals and bers that took place during BJP's 6-year rule in 2 spells! BJP umed office on 19th march, 1998! On the 53rd day, they went ahead with their"nuclear power adventurism"!The results were :(1) stan became our rival nuclear power within months!and (2) Advanced nations "imposed economic sanctions against indiaIThus, India's economic ills surfaced and volatility of rupee started then!After 13 months in power BJP Govt.lost a Trust Votein April,1999! Kargil war started in May ,1999! Mid term LS polls were conducted in Sep-Oct.,1999!Kandahar Debacle' took place in December,1999! In the aftermath of attack on parliament in December,2001 ,Indian army was deplo at LOC for 9 months in "eye-ball" to :eye-ball" confrontation position and ultimately withdrwn at an enormous cost! Then the reprehensible genocide of muslims took place under Modi's Gujarat in 2002! Vajpayee declared that only caused BJP's defeat in 2004!Modi keeps harping on Vajpayee's employment policy!PM promised one crore jobs for Indian youth per year!As per NDA's Economic Survey for 2002-2003,unemployment rate grew from 5.99%in 1993-94 to 7.32%in 1999-2000!Organised sector employment dropped from 28.2 million in 1997 to 27.7 million in 20041 At one time PM snapped youth should not look to Govt. only for jobs!