BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Friday came down heavily on the Congress over its lip-service to the poor during polls.
At a rally, Modi said the Congress was like a student who, before an examination, chanted the name of different deities to pass the exam. “Like those students, the Congress keeps uttering poor, poor, poor before elections,” he said.
In a veiled attack on Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, Modi said some politicians think poverty is a state of mind. “For them it is tourism, like going on pilgrimages to Badrinath and Kedarnath. These people go to the huts of poor along with the media and eat their meals,” he said.
Modi said the ongoing elections were being fought on clear lines. While the Congress is seeking votes by talking of poverty, the BJP is committed to serving the poor.
Referring to to the huge turnout of people in the Lok Sabha polls on Thursday, Modi said it suggested his responsibility was increasing. “I can sense the changed mood. People have voted decisively yesterday. It seems from the trend visible in elections and your affection, which was visible in the polling booths of Orissa, that my responsibilities are increasing,” he said.
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Criticising BJD supremo and Orissa CM Naveen Patnaik’s lack of ability to speak, read and write Oriya, Modi wondered how the people had tolerated him for 15 years. “The man who does not understand your language, feel your miseries and pain, cannot give you a good government,” Modi said.
“Does your CM meet you and talk to you? I have seen the winds of change here and I can tell you this government is not going to last. Orissa is blessed, but the leaders here could not manage what god has given,” he said.
“You have showered love on me and I will return it with dividend. Though I am born in Lord Somnath’s land, I have no less affection toward the people in the land of Lord Jagannath,” he added.
– With PTI inputs