Congress policies aimed only at winning elections: Modi - The New Indian Express

Congress policies aimed only at winning elections: Modi

Published: 23rd November 2013 11:56 PM

Last Updated: 24th November 2013 12:02 AM

Attacking the Congress for its "arrogance" and "born to rule" mindset, Narendra Modi on Saturday accused the party of formulating policies aimed at only winning elections and not for the country or its future.

Addressing an election meeting in Dwarka here on Saturday ahead of December 4 Delhi assembly polls, BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate said the Congress has frequently changed its names, symbols and policies but not intentions.

"The Congress party has admitted that God has created it to rule. They think they are born to rule and people are in our pocket...Where will they go...sometimes show them the fear of Modi...and gain votes. Congress people are used to enjoying the rule...”

"All its policies are aimed at winning elections and not for the nation and neither for its future. If something that has not changed in congress, it is its intention. 'Inki niyat aisi hai, uss niyat ko le kar desh ka bhala nahin ho sakta' (Their intentions are such that the nation can never benefit from it," he said.

Modi also launched an attack on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, accusing him of not uttering a single word despite the price rise that has hit the poor and common man.

"During Atal Bihari Vajpayee's regime inflation was at 3.9 per cent. Now under an economist Prime Minister, it is more than 11 per cent. If price rise continues to rise like this, what will the poor eat. The Prime Minister is not ready to take the blame for price rise," he said.

Supporters during BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's election rally in Dwarka New Delhi on Saturday. (PTI photo)
Accusing the Congress for its arrogance, Modi said even though he sought an apology for coming late for today's rally, he said the Prime minister was not ready for taking the blame over price rise.

"Unka ahankar itna hai, mehngai par ek shabd bolne ko tayar nahin hain...mehngayi ka M tak nahin bole. Maro to maro aap ka naseeb (Their arrogance is such that they are not ready to utter a single word, not even the M of Mehngayi. You die, it is your fate," he said.

Modi also launched a scathing attack on the Sheila Dikshit government in Delhi saying while she questions him over the Gujarat model of development, she has been unable to provide even basic drinking water to residents of the capital even after 15 years of its rule.

Taking a jibe at Dikshit, he said, she along with her son and daughter-in-law can drive her Maruti car in the long pipeline drawn for providing water to 9,000 villages in Gujarat.

"Congress is a great party. It's name has changed, symbol has changed and so has its policies...Today, a dozen names exist for it in the market.”

"Its symbol has also changed and so have its policies - they won elections by nationalising banks. Then Narasimha Rao came and initiated the policy of reforms to win elections," he said.

Attacking Congress Vice President, Modi said Rahul Gandhi felt India is a bee-hive while his own thought was that India is "our motherland".

The BJP leader said for Gandhi poverty is state of mind but he felt poor are manifestation of almighty.

He added, "Shahzada you say money does not grow on trees but we say it grows in the fields and through the sweat of our workers."

He said that India has decided for a Congress free India and even if Rahul Gandhi takes cameras along with him to see poor, poverty in areas close to where he lives still exits.

BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and Chief Ministerial candidate for Delhi Harsh Vardhan wave to crowd at an election rally in Dwarka New Delhi on Saturday. (PTI photo)

"Beside the house of Rahul Gandhi, there are around 800 people living in Juggis but there are only two toilets. Even beside the PM's residence there are 8,000 people living and there are only eight toilets. Sheila Dikshit has been chief minister for 15 years and there is such poverty right under her nose. They could have at least made the toilets. And they talk about poverty," Modi said.

He also took a jibe over corruption in Commonwealth games. "When other nations get an international event, they use such events for branding. Korea got Olympics 20 years back and they did such branding that the world saw. Japan has got it for 2020. They have branded it in such a way that the it had 2020 in everything starting from shops to tea to biscuits.

What did we do? We did nothing and did nothing to win hearts, make our nation proud," he said.

Hitting out at the UPA further, Modi said that coal is left outside houses, no one takes or steals them but in Delhi, they steal coal as well.

Power plants which can produce 20,000 MW of power are lying closed. There is no electricity in Delhi. When it was rapped by Supreme Court, they said the files have gone missing. Who is responsible for this. The central government has gone paralytic," the Gujarat chief minister said.

He said the Congress government had to bring down prices within 100 days but it did'nt happen.

Taking a dig at P Chidambaram he said that the Union Minister had said that today one buys a water bottle for Rs 15 and ice cream for Rs 20 and why is there such hue and cry if prices of rice or other commodities goes up by Re 1.

"Is this the language or arrogance which should be there? Another intelligent minister said that prices are rising because poor are eating two vegetables now. What will happen to the people of country when these people are running the country?" Modi said.

Targeting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Modi said he had asked him to head a committee of four CMs to take steps to reduce prices. "We gave 20 different suggestions, 62 actionable points were given. When Prime Minister saw report he said the report was very good. This happened two-and-a-half years ago but nothing has happened till date," he said.

Modi criticised the poor security for women in Delhi.

"PM talks of women safety but how can we forget Nirbhaya. When you go to vote- think- they made my Delhi a rape capital. Remember how water cannons were used on those who were protesting at India Gate in chilly conditions. Remember how police was sent in middle of night to Ramlila Maidan, an innocent woman was killed," he said.

Slamming the policies of Congress, Modi said, "When you go to vote, pray in front of the gas cylinder at home as they are snatching that. Pray that good times comes so that you get gas.

"I do not belong to this elite club. This elite club of Delhi will never accept me. They keep thinking what I will do and say. You have waited for a very long time. I assure you BJP will not let your patience and sacrifice go in vain."

Emphasising that Delhi elections were important, Modi said it is unfortunate that even small states and cities are better than the national capital.

He added, "I do not belong to this elite club. This elite club of Delhi will never accept me. They keep thinking what I will do and say. Today a son of a poor person from village is speaking."

He maintained that Rs 3,900 crore were spent to clean Yamuna but has it got cleaned?

"I invite this elite club. Come see Sabarmati Riverfront in Gujarat. It was done just in Rs 900 crore," the Gujarat chief minister said.

Modi said that Gujarat's BRTS design was copied in Delhi and asked if it is a success here.

The BJP's prime ministerial candidate attacked Sheila Dikshit saying "she does not have any work."

Modi said, "Neither she has to take care of a desert, nor has to worry about ocean borders with other nations nor there is any agriculture. What work does she have."

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