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JJP’s Dushyant Chautala targets PM Modi, but backs abrogation of Article 370

Attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Dushyant told the gathering that he has realised in his five year stint as MP that you cannot compete with “the power of Modi’s picture".

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh |
Updated: September 23, 2019 4:56:23 am
JJP's Dushyant Chautala targets PM Modi, but backs abrogation of Article 370 JJP leader Dushyant Chautala addresses a Jan Samman Divas rally at Mela ground in Rohtak on Sunday. (Express Photo)

JJP leader and former Hisar MP Dushyant Chautala Sunday asked his party workers to unite, work hard and resort to traditional methods of canvassing in order to beat ruling BJP’s “money power and media power”. Attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Dushyant told the gathering that he has realised in his five year stint as MP that you cannot compete with “the power of Modi’s picture”, adding that “we need to realise the core issues, be it unemployment and deteriorating law and order situation in our state”.

Addressing a massive rally in Rohtak, organised by JJP to mark his great grandfather Devi Lal’s 106th birth anniversary, Dushyant lashed out at the PM, the media and BJP’s state government in Haryana.

However, in his over 30-minute address, Dushyant also said that he “salutes Union government’s decision of abrogating Article 370”, but added that the people will “only recognise this government, if this government brings back PoK.

“Media also rises time and again and says that the upcoming poll will be contested on Article 370. We salute the abrogation of Article 370, because Haryana was the worst affected states due to Article 370. In each and every village of our state, we have statues of martyrs. There is no village in Haryana, whose son has not sacrificed his life on the border. …But We will appreciate this government when it will prevent our state’s sons’ blood loss on the border,” said Dushyant.

About taking back PoK, he added: “Aaj bhi, aantakwaad ka adda, jo Hindustan ka hissa hai, jo kaagzon mein aaj hamaara hai, PoK abhi baaki hai. Saathiyo, ek-ek Haryanvi aaj is sarkaar ke saath khada hoga, ek-ek beta jo border pe fauji ban kar khada hai, voh is sarkaar ke, Modi ji ke saath khada hoga, jab yeh sarkaar Pakistan se PoK ko vaapis Hindustan ka hissa banaane ka kaam karegi”.

Attacking the BJP, Dushyant said, “Today, BJP has two powers – money power and media power. Records show that, in 2017 Income Tax records, BJP has accepted that they received Rs 1,000 crore as donations. Even if we all sell our entire landholdings, we cannot match their money power. The other power is media power. Six states were hit by floods, lakhs of people lost their livelihood and jobs, several people died but nobody published it. In our nation’s capital city of Delhi, Sant Shiromani Ravidas temple was demolished, but no national channel highlighted it. Everyday, thousands of youths are losing jobs, people’s business are getting shut, but nobody is showing it on TV”.

He added, “Only one thing is show on TV – Modi has gone to America, Modi is going to hug Trump, Modi will do this, Modi will do that. But we all should understand that, this Modi will only be left for getting his pictures clicked. When he came here [in Rohtak] 14 days ago, what did he give to Haryana? What promise did he make for Haryana’s youth? Today, Haryana stands on rank four in terms of poor law and order situation. Did he take any step for security and safety of our mothers, sisters and traders?”.

Dushyant added that while in Parliament for five years, he had learnt that “you can not compete with the power of Modi’s picture”. “Ek cheez ke aage tum muqabla nahi kar sakte, aur voh ek cheez hai Modi ki foto ki taqat ke aage,” he said.

“But one thing needs to be understood that BJP went to Parliament with 303 seats and gave a slogan of ‘Mission 75’ (BJP has given a slogan that it shall win on 75 plus seats out of 90 seats) in Haryana. When Rajiv Gandhi became PM, Congress won 411 seats and had given a slogan that time too that not even a single seat of opposition will be left. But the elderly are sitting here. They worked with Chaudhary Devi Lal and have seen that era. That time, there used to be only Doordarshan on TV and Prasar Bharti on radio. In such times, who conveyed messages to the masses? All of you; your hard work. It is called manpower. You all must use this power of yours — manpower — to beat BJP’s money power and media power,” Dushyant said asking his party workers to adopt traditional methods of door-to-door canvassing and campaign for JJP.

Without making any mention of INLD, Dushyant asked people to support JJP and its nominees. Dushyant also took a dig at Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar’s Jan Aashirwad Yatra. “CM spent crores of rupees of state exchequer on his Aashirwad Yatra. The entire money was wasted. But the CM who used to talk about bumper-jobs, law and order. In his five years tenure, 80 persons were killed with government bullets. Four times, our state was burnt during this BJP rule. Lakhs of youth were left jobless,” he said while referring to the violence that erupted in Haryana during Jat reservation agitation, arrests of self-styled godman Rampal and Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim.

Elaborating his poll-promises, Dushyant also ridiculed the new hefty fines imposed under Motor Vehicles Act and announced that if voted to power, he will revoke the increased fines for traffic violations in Haryana.

Seeking electorate’s support in the upcoming Vidhan Sabha polls, Dushyant asked people to vote for JJP’s nominees considering them as “Ajay Chautala, Naina Chautala, Dushyant and Digvijay”.

JJP has already announced seven of its candidates and is likely to announce its second list in the coming days.

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