UPA Government Apathetic to Plight of Farmers, Poor: Modi

Published: 28th March 2014 06:03 PM  |   Last Updated: 28th March 2014 06:04 PM   |  A+A-


Accusing the UPA government of being apathetic to the plight of the farmers and the poor, Narendra Modi today said that it allowed the food grains to rot and then sold them to liquor manufacturers at throw away prices to "suit its interest".

The BJP's prime ministerial candidate alleged that the Congress-ruled government during its 10 years in power had failed on all fronts, even as he praised Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan for pulling out Madhya Pradesh from the stigma of being called a 'bimaru' state.

Maintaining that the government has "little respect" for the farmers, Modi said more farmers have committed suicide than people who have died in Maoist and terrorist attacks.

"The Supreme Court had ruled that food grains which were getting wasted should be distributed among the poor. The government in Delhi refused to do so and instead left them to rot and then gave them away to liquor manufacturers at throwaway prices," he said.

"Produce liquor, make the people drink, get them intoxicated so that they keep sleeping to allow the business in Delhi to go unhindered," he said, mocking at the Centre.

"Their (Congress') slogan seems to be 'mar jawan, mar kisan' going by their track record in the last 10 years." 

He also took on the government for being soft on Pakistan and serving its visiting prime minister with delicacies after its army beheaded an Indian soldier.

"The willingness of their prime minister to come was in itself an insult to India," he said.

Lauding Chauhan for his development work, Modi said he had provided irrigation facilities and gave priority to the farmers of the state.

The Gujarat Chief Minister said that in MP, more roads have been constructed in the last ten years than they were built in the last 40 years.

"Today MP is no longer a 'bimaru' state. Imagine what will happen if Modi and Shivraj Singh Chauhan join hands and work towards the progress of the state," Modi said.

Modi said that every political party has got the opportunity to run the government at some point of time and people have seen Congress run it for the longest time.

Similarly in some states, Leftists have run it while in others, BJP has governed, he said.

He said that if one takes into account the functioning and work done by different governments, he was certain that BJP's rule would be considered the "golden tenure of all".

Hitting out at the Centre, Modi said that he had seen such a government for the first time, which constructs hospitals and treats people "only on paper".

"For the first time, I have seen such a government in Delhi which makes hospitals and treats people only on paper.

Have you heard of such 'tantriks'? 

"I was told that such 'tantriks' have gone to the government in Delhi after getting elected and neither they have talked to the government, nor made arrangements for land and money....but just to win the elections, they have constructed hospitals on paper and even laid their foundation stone," he said.

"(But) in Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, MP or Goa, every time people are voting for BJP. People want development and BJP has only one mantra 'sabka saath sabka vikas'", Modi said.

He said that he had got tired of appealing to the government to make use of modern and latest technology along the Indo-Pak border for the benefit of BSF jawans posted there, but the government, which was "busy" in the 2G scam, did not pay heed to it.

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