Just as a patient in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of a hospital needs a “support system”, the Congress too is in the ICU and is using other parties as a “support system” to survive, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday.
He was interacting with the BJP’s booth-level workers of five Lok Sabha constituencies — Jaipur Rural, Ghaziabad, Hazaribagh, Nawada and Arunachal (West) — via the NaMo App.
“Dekhiye, jab koi patient ICU mein pada hota hai na, to usko bhanti-bhanti ki cheejen lagate hain. Idhar lagayenge, udhar lagayenge, muh par lagayenge… support system lagate hain, taaki patient bach jaye. Yeh Congress, yeh support system laga rahi hai apne aap par… alag, alag dalon se, taaki Congress bach jaaye. To unke liye, yeh saare dal support system hain jo Congress ko ICU se bacha lein (When a patient is in the ICU, they use several instruments. One here, another there, something on the mouth… they use a support system so that the patient is saved. The Congress is using a support system… from different parties, so that the Congress survives. For the Congress, these parties are the support system to save it from the ICU),” he said.
Responding to a question from a party worker in Arunachal (West), Modi said the Congress, at a party convention in Madhya Pradesh a few years ago, had passed a resolution saying that it would not enter into an alliance with any party. “Aaj kya karan hai… jo dal jo maange, woh dekar woh kehte hain humein saath rakho… humein bacha lo (What is the reason today that the Congress is ready to give anything to any party, saying take us along, save us),” he said.
He said the Opposition parties were joining hands because they could foresee a storm stronger than the one in 2013-14. “Bhay paida hua hai ki yeh to 2013-14 se bhi jara tej aandhi aayi hui hai. To jab itni badi aandhi hai, to kya karen bhai? Ek doosre ka haath pakdo, varna iss hawa me udd jayyenge. Isliye bechare khoj rahe hain… ki kaun kisko pakde, kaun kisko sahara bana le… doobta hua tinka dhoondna hai (There is a fear that this storm is stronger than the one in 2013-14. So when such a big storm is approaching, what can they do? They are clutching each other’s hands, or else they may get blown away. They are searching… who should hold on to whom, who should support whom… the drowning are clutching at straws),” he said.
Modi said the ‘mahgathbandan’ was not an alliance, but only some opportunistic parties which have come together to hide their weaknesses. “They are connecting parties, we are connecting 125 crore hearts. That is the difference,” he said. Repeating his earlier remarks, he said there was confusion over the leadership of the ‘mahagathbandhan’, and their policy was not clear. “Their only commitment is Modi hatao. Our commitment is growth of the country,” he said.
Outlining the differences between the BJP and Opposition, he said: “Woh naamdaar hain, hum kaamdaar hain. Unka lakshya pariwar kalyan hai, humara lakshya rashtra kalyan hai (They are identified by dynasty, while we are known for our work. Their objective is welfare of their families. Our objective is welfare of the country).”
He said an ordinary party worker like him could reach the top post because of democracy within the BJP. “You can see the situation in other parties. Sometimes, I feel pity for several veteran workers of the Congress… Their struggle and ability is helping one family only… so many capable workers sacrificed for the growth of the parivar,” he said.
Stating that his government’s motto was “sabka saath, sabka vikas”, he said that under the Saubhagya scheme, if electricity had reached the house of a “Rameshwar”, it had also reached the houses of “Rehmaan, Ratinder and Robert”. He said his government was ending VIP culture, and was emphasising “EPI” (every person is important) instead.
He exhorted party workers to follow the mantra of ‘mera booth sabse mazboot’ to ensure the BJP’s victory in the next elections. He asked them to add at least 20 new members, from every section of society, at each booth.