With 24 hours left for campaigning to end in Delhi and pre-poll surveys not projecting a very rosy picture for the BJP, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his final speech on the trail Wednesday, appealed for votes saying a “conspiracy” had been hatched by “bazaaru log” (people who can be bought) to “mislead the country” with such surveys.
Addressing a BJP rally in Ambedkar Nagar, Modi cautioned voters against an “unstable” government saying it would “harm” the national capital.
Referring to the AAP and trashing pre-poll surveys which give it a clear edge over the BJP, he said: “What kind of people are they? In public life, there should be no place for such lies.”
“Hindustan mein logon ko gumraah karne ke liye kaise kaise conspiracy ki jaati hai (look at the conspiracies that are hatched to mislead people of the country)… in the last assembly elections, seena taan kar kucch bazaaru log survey ghoshit karte thay, aur 50 seat de di thi (in the last assembly election, some people who can be bought came out with surveys giving one party 50 seats)… newspaper nikaalo, you will get the proof. When the results came in, the one which had been projected as the winner was not even the largest party,” he said.
“Even when I contested from Varanasi for the Lok Sabha, they (surveys) said Modi will lose by three lakh votes. I don’t know who they (pollsters) are,” Modi said, adding he always wondered how someone who could not win his own Lok Sabha seat was being projected as someone big — a reference to AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal.
He also took a swipe at the AAP over allegations of “dubious” funding. He said he was asked by his friends whether he had also made donations to the AAP and when he got it checked, “I was surprised to know that even Mahatma Gandhi and (US President Barack) Obama have donated to them.”
Targeting AAP and Kejriwal, Modi praised leaders of other political parties saying despite being mass leaders, they never projected themselves as prime minister.
“India does not lack leaders. We may differ with them on issues but we cannot deny that there are many politicians who have sacrificed their youth for the country. They have been CMs in their states many times. But no one has ever presented them as PM. Be it Mamata Banerjee or Mulayam Singhji or Mayawatiji, Orissa’s Naveen Babu, Chandrababu Naidu or Bihar’s Nitish Kumar.”
“But you must have seen the conspiracy. The one who cannot win his own election, he was getting support from Delhi to be presented as PM. His face was always on TV channels. But they don’t know, the janata (public) is very intelligent. They don’t like lies. Those who used to call themselves honest, they have been exposed. People can forgive you for one mistake but not again and again,” he said.
Referring to protests over the blunder in the BJP vision document which described people from the North-East as immigrants instead of migrants, he said the Opposition was “playing with the unity and integrity” of the country for “political mileage”.
Without naming the AAP, he said government decisions were being “politicised”. There were people, he said, who were describing a probe into the 1984 anti-Sikh riots “a political act” in view of the elections. “The judiciary looking into the 1984 riots advised that an SIT be formed. Should we form it or not? You tell us. And if we work, they say we are working for the elections. If the price of petrol goes down, they say we are doing it for elections. We are doing it for the common man. We will continue to do it even after February 7,” he told the crowd.
He sought votes in the name of development. “We will not rest for a day. We know that in five years we have to make up for the mistakes of 16 years. This election is about how the national capital should be. The quality of life should be better. My politics has one mantra, and that is development. Without development, not even Delhi can improve.”
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