The BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi made tall promises at an election rally in Ludhiana, Punjab, and even gave tips to the farmers on how to increase their income.
If chosen as the PM of the country, Modi said he would become the ‘chowkidaar‘ of the country who will guard the funds for developmental work. He even called Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal as his ‘political guru’.
To end the controversy of the displacement of the Sikhs from Kutch area of Gujarat, Modi said that “no Sikh farmer would be leaving Gujarat and if any officer dares to do any mistake, that officer will leave but not my Sikh brother.”
“I owe my Punjabi farmers who have settled in the Kutch area. They are the ones who have made the barren lands, fertile. So one should stop listening to the rivals (Congress) who are misguiding you on this issue,” said Modi.
Also speaking at the rally, BJP National President Rajnath Singh showered CM Badal with praise.
“CM Parkash Singh Badal was the first alliance partner to support Modi’s name as PM.”
To which Badal said, “So Modi should now be called as NDA’s Prime Ministerial candidate rather than BJP alone.”
The three-hour rally held in the grounds of Jagraon sugar mill saw thousands of people gather from across the state. Despite the programme running behind schedule, Modi’s one-hour speech kept the masses glued to their seats.
“If voted to power, we (BJP) will be dividing Food Corporation of India (FCI) in to three parts — procurement, management and distribution. This is the only way to get the best out of the food grains, which are being destroyed by poor management,” said Modi.
“To make the economy of any country strong, one need to have three pillars of equal strength: agriculture sector, manufacturing sector and service sector,” said Modi. “And in the coming years, we need to work a lot on the service sector as it involves minimum expenditure and more income.”
Rajnath Singh made more promises to the people of Punjab.
“The NDA government will implement the farmer income insurance scheme once it comes to power, where the Minimum Support Price will be announced much before the sowing of seeds.”
“A separate channel on agriculture will be launched, a special budget for agriculture, easy loans at 1-2% rate of interest for self-employment schemes, and much more will be in the offing,” said Rajnath Singh.
Modi, however, did not forget to target the Congress in his speech as he, once again, referred to them as the ABCD of corruption. While, CM Badal said that it was a time for a ‘jang-e -azadi’ to get the masses freed from the clutches of corrupt Congress leaders.
Modi on one rank, one pension:
Hitting out at AICC Vice-President Rahul Gandhi’s proposed visit to Chandigarh, Modi said “the UPA Government announced this in their last budget and not in their previous nine budgets. So it is nothing but drama, and it will formally be implemented by ‘patriots’ like us when we come to power in a few months time.”
Sources said Ashish Khetan will be the vice-chairman of the commission.