Congress a burden for India, Nehru would have been saddened: Modi
By PTI | Published: 14th November 2013 07:18 PM |
Taking on Congress on the issue of corruption and dynastic politics, Narendra Modi said the party has become a "burden" on India and Jawaharlal Nehru would have been saddened by the present condition of the children, whom he loved, and the nation.
Speaking at a rally here ahead of November 19 Assembly election, he noted that it was the birth anniversary of the country's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. "Pt Nehru would cry seeing the condition of children, whom he loved, and the country today. But he would not know whom to reproach as 'sab apne hi hain' (all those responsible for the situation are in the family)," the Gujarat Chief Minister said .
Citing the multi-crore 2G and coal scams, Modi said Congress has done "PhD in corruption" and said not just the coal files but the whole government is missing in Delhi.
"Congress has become a burden on country for its corruption. They have given a new definition of A, B, C, D in corruption. A for Adarsh scam, B for Bofors scam, C for Coal scam and D for Damaad (son-in-law).
"There is corruption in flats meant for widows of Army personnel, Bofors gun and now they say coal files are missing," he said. "It is not coal files but the whole government is missing in Delhi," Modi said at Kawardha, home town of Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh.
He said Congress' corruption figures will not end "if someone starts writing them from former Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Ajit Jogi's house in Chhattisgarh to 10, Janpath," UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi's residence.
In his speech, Modi also appreciated iconic cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, who is playing his last Test, for his unmatched hard work and dedication for the game. "The country feels proud on Sachin. With his hard work, sincerity, dedication and countless efforts, Sachin has achieved new records in the game.
"And what has our Congress has done. They have done corruption," he said. He slammed Congress for favouring "dynastic politics". "(Someone's) wife is contesting election, son is contesting election and father is also trying to enter from various places," Modi said referring to Jogi and his family.
Jogi's son Amit Jogi is contesting from Marwahi constituency, whereas his wife Renu is in fray for polls from Kota constituency of Chhattisgarh.
"Congress does not see any thing beyond family. But BJP and Congress are different. Had Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh been in Congress, his son Abhishek would have been given ticket. But we have given ticket to another candidate. This is BJP," he said.
Citing an international survey, Modi said during Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA government, India was at 119 position as far as the status of hunger was concerned world wide.
"We could have done a lot if Vajpayee would have stayed. But the Congress government was formed. As per 2012 survey, as many as 40 countries were out of the list of most hunger affected nations and there were only 79 nations left.
"In those 79 nations, we stand at 65. One feels ashamed as Pakistan, which is also in the list, is at 57 number. They (Pakistan) are also in the list. Another neighbouring nation, Sri Lanka is at 37 number. Uganda, which is a South African nation, is at 42 number. And we are at 65th position," Modi said without identifying the survey.
He said it was sheer coincidence that he had come here to speak on Nehru's birth anniversary. "I have been coming to Kawardha many a times in past. Earlier I used to speak in Gandhi ground. But today I am speaking at Sardar Patel Ground on Pt Nehru's birth anniversary," he said, remarks which were directed at Congress which has been miffed by Modi's comparison of Nehru and Patel.
Referring to Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, he said "Shahzade's father (Rajiv Gandhi) has once said that if Centre sends Rs 1 to states, only 15 paisa reach them.
"At that time, BJP was not ruling even in municipal corporations or in panchayats and in states. So who took this money? Where did this money go?," he asked.
He alleged that Congress has not done anything for the people of this state.
"All economists, whether they like it or not, appreciated growth in Chhattisgarh. It is because of Raman Singh. Teach Congress a lesson. Give your votes to BJP," Modi said.
As many as 72 constituencies in Chhattisgarh will go to polls on November 19 in the second and final phase of assembly election.
He said Chhattisgarh had turned 13 and it was as crucial a period in the life of a state as that of a person.
"When a daughter or a son turns 13, her or his mother takes care of them. This is an important time period in onc's life. Likewise, Chhattisgarh has turned 13 (after it was formed in 2000).
"There is a need to take care of it to ensure more growth. I request you to choose BJP and let it look after this state as is passes through the crucial period of 13-18 years," Modi said.
BJP's nominee Ashok Sahu is contesting against Congress' Md Akbar from Kawardha constituency under Kabirdham district .
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh said, "To win Kawardha is more important for me to form government for the third time.
"Choose BJP candidate over 'Akbar (Congress candidate) and Birbal," he said in the meeting attended by over 15,000 people.