BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Sunday took on his detractors saying that many political leaders make comments on the Gujarat development model, but forget that this is a general election where wider issues are at play.
“It is time to end the corrupt rule of Congress. Where there is a will and good intention, there is always a way. If Congress had that attitude, this country would have touched new heights of prosperity and development,” he said.
Addressing rallies in Bijapur and Belgaum on Sunday, he said when BJP decided to make him Chief Minister of Gujarat, he started thinking of sorting out issues for the development and prosperity of his state. He said now that it has plans to make him prime minister, he has already started thinking of how to develop the country.
Modi said, “I am thinking of how to stop the rising poverty, and Congress is thinking of how to stop Modi. I am thinking of how to stop rising unemployment, and Congress is thinking of how to stop Modi. I am thinking of how to stop atrocities on women, and Congress is thinking of how to stop Modi.”
Referring to Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s allegations that there has been little progress in Gujarat, Modi claimed that the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, chaired by his mother Sonia Gandhi, had itself appreciated the development works in the state.
He said the biggest demand of the youth is employment which they have not been getting under Congress rule for the last 10 years. “Congress created 1.25 crore jobs in 10 years but the NDA government under Vajpayee created 6.5 crore job opportunities in six years. Congress has fallen far behind in skill development also and its manifesto is a pack of lies,” he charged.
Referring to his three Ds — demographic dividend, democracy and demand — he said youth power should be harnessed for development.
In Belgaum, he said he had never seen such a huge rally for a parliamentary election campaign before. “The view of the public is clear. The wave of BJP has become a tsunami here. No analysis is required. Any one who doubts this can watch this campaign rally and get their doubts clarified,” he said.
Modi said Congress claims on progress remain only on paper. It took the Congress 60 years to bring development plans on paper, and it may take another 600 years to implement the planned projects.
Citing an example, Modi said that in the last 15 years, not a single port has been established in Karnataka. Ports can usher in prosperity and development, apart from creating jobs, not only for the state, but also for the country. “But it seems the Karnataka map which the Congress has does not show sea shores in the state,” he said.