Coming down heavily against the Congress, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday dared the opposition to continue with all forms of protests-as many effigies they want to burn, or light-up the candles to instigate the people but it will not detract him from his fight against corruption.
In the second leg of his campaign in Himachal Pradesh, PM Modi said once he had resolved to clear out corruption, he was not going to be cowed down by Congress’ plan to observe black day on November 8, coinciding one year of demonetisation. “By doing protests of this kind, burning my effigies at every city-crossing and by lighting candles, you will not be able to stop Modi. You don’t know Modi is a disciple of Sardar Patel and can’t be stopped, take in writing from me,” said PM Modi.
Addressing a rally at Raitt in Shahpur constituency of Kangra district, the prime minister said if he has waged a war against corruption he has not committed any sin. The PM said it’s only because of his fight against corruption he had become the biggest problem for those who had looted the country for several years. He also indirectly referred Nehru-Gandhi family, recalling that during the past 70 years, the corruption had crept into the system so badly that it has become the biggest problem of the country. PM Modi compared corruption with “termite”, saying Congress has become a party with “rotten mentality” and should be wiped.
Defending his decision on demonetisation, PM Modi said only those who were forced to deposit their loot money in the banks, have turned to finish him. They will not let him live in peace. He added the common man has not been affected by the decision.
Referring to the polls in Himachal Pradesh, the PM said it appears the Congress has already accepted its defeat in the state. None of the party’s leaders had come to the state to campaign. “They have already left the field leaving everything on Virbhadra Singh’s fate,” said PM Modi. He also claimed that the Congress seems to have lost the trust of its own leaders and was looking for rebels in other parties. PM Modi said the BJP was sure to return to power and form the government with a three-fourth majority. “I have come here not to seek votes but to seek blessings for giving the BJP three-fourth majority in the interests of Himachal Pradesh.”
He recalled how the state was benefitted when Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the prime minister and Prem Kumar Dhumal was the chief minister. This was the prime minister’s second rally in Kangra, the biggest district with 15 assembly seats. The party that wins the maximum number of seats in Kangra, always forms the next government. The prime minister will address another rally in Kangra district at Palampur on November 5.