Campaigning in Himachal Pradesh on Tuesday, Narendra Modi Tuesday asked people to ensure all the four Lok Sabha seats in the state goes to the BJP. He said the BJP needs 300-plus seats in the Lok Sabha election so that he could form a strong and stable government at the Centre.
Seeking more seats, he quoted Kargil hero Captain Vikram Batra’s punchline “Yeh Dil Mange more …” Ironically, Batra’s mother is AAP candidate from Palampur in the state.
He also targeted Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for closing his eyes to corruption, price rise, unemployment and scams. In a veiled attack on the Congress, Modi said India needs a strong, stable and effective government to replace the ‘weak and inefficient government of mother and son’.
“What kind of government you need at the Centre? A feeble, dead, surviving on oxygen government of maa-beta, or a strong and stable government? If you want a strong government, then you must give me 300-plus kamals (lotus)”.
Referring to sacrifices by soldiers, Modi said personnel of paramilitary forces like BSF, CRPF, ITBP had not got attention they deserve. “They are dying for the nation. They deserve better attention,” he said and promised he would see issues pertaining to their service and families got due consideration.
Modi expressed concern over suicide by farmers and claimed their number was perhaps more than soldiers and para-military personnel losing their lives. He promised to ensure remunerative prices for farm produce.
Modi, who was in charge of Himachal Pradesh when Prem Kumar Dhumal formed the BJP government in 1998, said Himachal development would get a major boost under his government. He reminded youth from 18 to 28 years that the next government would be crucial to their future.
At another rally, Modi made a veiled attack against Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh. “PM sahib says money does not grow on trees, but in the orchard of one man (Virbhadra) not apples but money grew. We need to free the nation from corruption,” he said.