Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday accused the Congress of confusing voters by worshipping the cow in Madhya Pradesh but allowing its leaders to slaughter calf and eat beef in Kerala.
“You bring cow in your manifesto in MP. I don’t criticise you for doing it. I don’t think it’s wrong. It’s their right but the question is are the Congress units in MP and Kerala different? Don’t both come under the same naamdar who sits in Delhi? The Congress is controlled by the same family,’ he said at a rally in Chhindwara, the turf of state Congress chief Kamal Nath.
“MP ke manifesto mein gai ka gaurav gan karte ho Kerala me khule aam raste par Congress ke log gai ke bacchade kat kar uska mans khate hue tasvir nikal ke batate hain ki gaumans khana hamara adhikar hai. Ab Kerala ki ya MP ki Congress sach hai. Desh ko sach bataye (You eulogise the cow in MP but Congress leaders in Kerala slaughter calf and take pictures of them eating beef. They say eating beef is their right. So, which is the real Congress, the one in Kerala or the one in MP. Tell the truth to the country,” the Prime Minister said.
Without naming Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, but referring to him as “naamdar”, the Prime Minister said the party always took the voters for a ride by keeping them confused. He said earlier it used to take a long time for information and news to spread, which allowed the Congress to tell lies and get away with it. He repeated his allegation that the Congress projects eight chief ministerial faces in different parts to keep everyone, including its own workers, confused.
“Telling lies is in Congress’s blood,’’ he said. “Can you hand over the state to those whose character is flawed and whose working style is based on lies,’’ he said, targeting Chhindwara MP Nath. Accusing the Congress leader of prostrating before one family every day since the Emergency, the Prime Minister said had he reserved the same dedication for people, they would not have hated him.
Modi described as rumour the talk about development in Chhindwara and cited examples to punch holes in the claim.
Referring to a video in which Nath purportedly talks about finding winning candidates, irrespective of their background, the Prime Minister alleged that the Congress leader favoured criminals, looters, thieves and corrupt people. “Don’t make the mistake of handing over the reins of power to such people,’’ he said and claimed that the video was genuine because the Congress leader had not disowned it.
However, after the speech, the Opposition party lodged a complaint with the Election Commission, saying the video had been doctored and its complaint was pending.
The Prime Minister also referred to former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, calling him “naamdar’s father’’ and recalling his comment that “of the one rupee sent from Delhi, only 15 paise reach people.’’ The Congress was then ruling from panchayat to Parliament, the Modi said and asked where the money disappeared.
Accusing his rival of being angry with him and using foul language, Modi said his policies and laws induced transparency and exposed corruption and stopped money from being pilfered in the name of non-existent beneficiaries. He claimed Rs 90,000 crore was saved because of those initiatives and asked, “Would those people not get angry who got a share in this money?’’
Modi ridiculed the Congress chief as a “confused leader” and his party as “fused”. “Congress does not have niti (policy), niyat (intent) and neta (leader in MP) and its leader (Rahul) is confused. Will you hand power to such people?” He claimed the Congress chief does not know what NCC stands for and could not describe his experience after visiting Kailash Mansarovar.
Referring to former chief minister Digvijaya Singh’s comment that his campaign leads to the party losing votes, the Prime Minister said the Congress wanted to hide him because his presence reminds people of the conditions of road, electricity and water during his rule.
He praised Indore, where he addressed the day’s second rally, and its people for winning the cleanest city tag twice, saying what started as a campaign has become a culture for the city. “Once something gets ingrained, you don’t need a system to give result. Indore is inspiring others and its achievement will bring foreign tourists to the country.”
He said decades after Independence, nothing was done to promote tourism and only monuments like the Taj Mahal and Konark temple were offered. “By building the largest statue in the world, we have proved our might to the world.’’ The Prime Minister appealed to young voters to ensure that they don’t return to the times when the state “lagged behind on every parameter”.