BJP PM candidate Narendra Modi Saturday wrapped up his election campaign by telling voters in Uttar Pradesh that he wanted to fulfill Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s dreams, which the former PM failed to do for want of another term in government.
Addressing a rally in Kushinagar, which has a huge population of farmers, Modi said Vajpayee had a vision for developing villages and helping farmers. The former PM, he said, wanted to link all rivers in India — a plan which would have averted floods and droughts — but he was not given another five years.
“I want to fulfil Atalji’s dream and I need your blessings for that,” he said, asking people to vote for a strong government.
Attacking the Congress, Modi said party president Sonia Gandhi accuses him of practicing “unch-neech rajneeti (politics of discrimination)” and having “neech soch (lowly thinking)” while she, as chairperson of Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, had removed three well-known economists for their favourable report on Gujarat’s development.
He claimed when singer Lata Mangeshkar said she wanted to see Modi as PM, Sonia’s aides said the singer’s Bharat Ratna should be taken back. “Is it me who indulges in unch-neech, chhua-chhut (discrimination, untouchability)?” he asked.
Modi said the Congress’s “dirty tricks department” sits with a dictionary everyday to coin new abuses to hurl at him.
Modi also attacked local Congress MP and Union Minister of State for Home R P N Singh, who is locked in a tough contest with BJP candidate Rajesh Pandey in Kushinagar.
He said while the sugar mills remained closed in Kushinagar and crops were wasted, the minister remained in Delhi.
He alleged the minister could not develop Kushinagar despite being close to Sonia and being a friend of her son.
Modi also blamed Singh for the “increasing “ crime in UP. “He is home minister and you people need to buy guns to protect yourself,” Modi said.
Claiming the Congress will be wiped off in Amethi and Rae Bareli, he said, “The son will not be able to save his mother and the mother will not be able to save her son.”
Despite the anti-incumbency factor against the Congress, R P N Singh is on a strong footing in Kushinagar. “I will vote for R P N as I have been doing for many years. He has done a lot of work here,” said Babulal Kharwar, a shopkeeper in Padrauna town.
Muslims, too, appeared united in favour of Singh, the erstwhile royal of Padrauna.
But Bhagwati Prasad Yadav, a farmer at the rally, said he will vote for the BJP to give Modi a chance to form a new government at the Centre, though he knows Singh is a better candidate.