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Competition in Congress to abuse me, its mental balance lost: PM Modi

Modi said the Congress “tutored and deputed” its president Mallikarjun Kharge to call him a “Ravan with 100 heads” though the party has “no faith in the existence of Lord Ram”.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a 50-km roadshow in Ahmedabad, Thursday. (Express Photo)

Hitting back at the Congress for its ‘Ravan’ swipe at him, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Thursday that leaders of the Congress were “competing to abuse the Prime Minister of the country” and “losing mental balance” over election defeats.

Campaigning for the BJP in Vejalpur in Kalol in Panchmahal district of Gujarat where votes will be cast on December 5 in the second phase of the Assembly elections, Modi said the Congress “tutored and deputed” its president Mallikarjun Kharge to call him a “Ravan with 100 heads” though the party has “no faith in the existence of Lord Ram”.

“One Congress leader recently said, ‘We will show Modi his aukat’. Do we have any aukat? We are sevaks… Now, the Congress high command has sent its new president… I know him and respect him a lot. But he has been tutored to say things… but they don’t know that Gujarat is a land of Ram bhakts, so they told him to come to Gujarat and call Modi a Ravan with 100 heads.”

Modi also accused the Congress of “taking pleasure” in the insult of places of faith and worship. (Express photo by Chitral Khambati)

“We know that Congress does not even accept the identity of Lord Ram. They have no faith in the Ram temple in Ayodhya, even reject the existence of Ram Setu, but they have brought out Ravan from Ramayan,” he said.

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“It does not surprise me that they have used such abusive words for me… But what surprises me is that the Congress party and their top leaders never officially apologise… Yes, one can say things in a fit of rage but an apology can follow…

The Congress thinks it is its right to insult the Prime Minister of the country and downgrade the Prime Minister,” he said.

“If they had any faith in democracy, they would not have done this. Their faith is not in democracy but in one family… There is a competition in Congress to abuse Modi. Every leader hopes to make the abuses bigger, more frequent, more acerbic… Recently, one of them said Modi will die a dog’s death, another said Modi will die like Hitler, then they were waiting for Pakistan to kill me… and then one said, ‘If I get a chance, I will kill Modi’… They call me Ravan, rakshas, and cockroach.”

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a 50-km roadshow in Ahmedabad, Thursday. (Express Photo)

“I am the son of Gujarat. Is this insult to Modi, whom you have created and raised, not your own insult? The Congress is not aware that the more muck it throws, many more lotuses will bloom,” he said.

He blamed the Congress for “taking pleasure” in the “insult of places of faith and worship”. “Earlier, it was a heart-wrenching experience to see the Pavagadh temple without a shikhar. It was a 500-year-old insult. I vowed to change the situation… Was Pavagadh not in existence during Congress rule? But they were not able to see the strength (of the Shakti Peeth) which I could see… The Congress enjoys insults of faith and worship… I don’t know what is wrong with them. You can lose elections but it cannot become a reason for you to lose mental balance… We used to lose our deposits earlier, but we never behaved like this,” he said.

In Himmatnagar in Sabarkantha, where he was campaigning for BJP candidates in the constituencies of Khedbhrama, Idar, Himmatnagar and Prantij, Modi said elections are not for electing a government for five years, but to lay “a strong foundation for a strong India when it completes 100 years of Independence”.

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He said a “mistake” similar to the one after Independence, when Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was not made Prime Minister, should not be repeated because the BJP has “corrected many things in the country with great effort”. “We want to make Gujarat a developed state in the next 25 years. And developed Gujarat means, the state not lagging behind on any benchmarks prevailing in developed countries. And these elections are for that,” he said.

First published on: 01-12-2022 at 13:37 IST
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