The 35,000 odd crowd that attended Narendra Modi’s rally at Chandigarh on Saturday got excited when they listened to the BJP prime ministerial candidate who said: ‘’We will win but the victory will be incomplete without a lotus from Chandigarh.”
Modi, who projected himself as the future Prime Minister, said that the Congress has only one agenda of blocking him from coming to power. The Congress knows what would happen to it after May 16, he said.
The local unit of the BJP had distributed 6,000 invitation cards and prepared a call list. A separate enclosure for lawyers was also made. The focus of the saffron party was to draw as many people as possible from the villages and colonies. Though it informed the Chandigarh administration a figure of 20,000 people for the rally, the party and its alliance partner Akali Dal have given directions to ensure maximum public participation.
Addressing the Bharat Vijay rally in favour of BJP candidate Kirron Kher here, Modi said, ‘’The Congress now has only one agenda ‘no Modi’, as it knows its place after May 16. The Congress workers know that they will lose.’’
“You have seen rulers for 60 years. Now, give a servant an opportunity for 60 months. They were the rulers, but I am your ‘sevak’,’’ said Modi.
He said that Mahatma Gandhi wanted the Congress party to be dissolved after Independence. ‘’ It is our duty to fulfil his dream,” he said.
There was a separate block for women volunteers who were actively raising pro-BJP and Modi slogan. Many were seen wearing Modi T-shirts. When Modi said that he knows the city very well as he had stayed in Chandigarh, the crowd gave a roaring applause.
Taking a dig at Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, he said, ‘’Rahul says Modi is ideology and not a person. I agree with him. For us, ideology is bigger than an individual and the country is bigger than family. A person may die, but ideology has no death.’’
Calling Rahul Gandhi as prince, Modi said: ‘’They are afraid of a tea-seller. The ‘prince’ said that the Gujarat model would burst like balloon. In 2012 assembly elections, Rahul came with his full army of people but the voters snubbed the Congress.