“Majboot Sarkar Vs Majboor Sarkar”, Modi Seeks Another Term At The Centre
NEW DELHI : Setting the tone for the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday hit out at the opposition for its unity efforts to put up an anti-BJP front.
He termed such efforts ahead of the 2019 general elections as a ‘failed experiment’.
“These days, a campaign is going on to publicise a failed experiment in the history of Indian politics by the name of mahagathbandhan,” he said while addressing BJP’s national convention at Ramlila Maidan in the national capital.
On the concluding day of the two-day strategy meet of the party, he said the opposition was trying to make a ‘majboor sarkaar’ (helpless government) instead of a ‘majboot sarkar’ (strong government) as they wanted to indulge in scams and corruption.
Mr. Modi’s sharp comments assume significance as it was also the day when the two bitter rivals of nearly three decades — Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party — formed an alliance for the 2019 polls in U.P.
Mr. Modi also questioned the viability of opposition’s alliances and cited the example of Telangana, where the Congress had teamed up with Chandrababu Naidu’s TDP, and lost to the TRS. In Karnataka, where the Congress is in alliance with the JD-S, the chief minister is on record saying that he is being ‘treated like a clerk’, he said.
“Problems have started even in newly formed governments in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh,” Modi added.
The Prime Minister was unsparing in his criticism of the Congress and dubbed the grand old party a stumbling block in the nation’s development. “They are stalling key bills in Parliament, they do not want the country to progress.”
Mr Modi said the earlier Congress government had pushed the country into darkness. “India lost 10 important years (during UPA rule from 2004 to 2014) in scams and corruption.”
The Prime Minister’s call to the party workers and leaders was loud and clear — increase your outreach and discuss with the people all issues and achievements of the NDA government. He also highlighted the fact that the BJP had provided a scam and corruption-free government at the Centre and changed the usual slow-moving administrative machinery into a fast moving good governance apparatus which is people-friendly.
Interestingly, thousands of party workers and cadres often erupted into chants of “Om” and “Jai Sri Ram” and were also vocal on demanding early construction of Ram Temple at Ayodhya. Loudest cheers from party cadres were reserved for the BJP patriarch L K Advani when he was felicitated on the first day of the convention as well as for U.P. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
Mr. Modi too touched upon Ayodhya and Ram Temple issue, blaming the Congress for putting legal hurdles in the apex court.