KURUKSHETRA: Coming out against dynastic politics and nepotism in Haryana, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today asked the electorate to junk such parties and elect a BJP government with majority, saying he did not want support of "dangerous" people lodged in Tihar Jail, apparently referring to former CM Om Prakash Chautala.
Addressing a public meeting here as part of his poll campaign for the October 15 Assembly elections, Modi said people should throw out those parties whose leaders were only interested in promoting their interests and that of their family at the cost of development and ensure that they do not get a single seat in the Assembly.
"In the 25-year history of the state has democracy been allowed to be saved. Here there is no democracy in even any party. Here, politics of dynasty is prevalent and not democracy.
"Whosoever has come to power, his family has ruled over the state. Whichever government came, his family grew but the state was left behind. Families have looted the state and they have done politics in the name of dynasty and caste. After taking power, they took care of nobody except their families," he said.
Modi said, "this individualism, this dynastic culture and nepotism poses a threat to democracy and that is why we have to change the fortunes of Haryana."
Dubbing INLD chief Chautala as a "dangerous man lodged in Tihar Jail", Modi said he is dreaming of becoming CM while in jail and does not even trust his own sons. Modi said he does not need the support of such people to form a government and appealed to the people to give an absolute majority to the BJP.
He also chided at Chautala for using his picture to garner votes, saying it does not behove of him to indulge in such tactics.
"I do not need the support of people lodged in Tihar Jail. I do not need the support of musclemen or dangerous people lodged in jail," he said.
Modi also attacked the Congress government in Haryana, saying women do not feel safe in the state and the plight of dalit women was even worse.
Targeting Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, he said the CM was "fooling" the people on export of Basmati rice from the state as he had imposed a 4 per cent tax on it that enabled farmers of other states to benefit by selling their basmati produce. Taking a swipe at Chautala, Modi said instead of handing over the baton to his sons, he wants to wrest power even while being in jail.
"Chautala is saying he will remain in jail and will take oath from there and run the government. He does not even have faith on his sons. He has grown old and should have renounced power to his sons. If he does not trust his own sons, how can he have faith in the youth of Haryana," he said.
Attacking the Congress, he said those who have ruled for 60 years are seeking a report of his 60 days rule. "But, they are not willing to be accountable for their 60 years of rule and are asking for an account of my 60 days."
Asking people of the state to elect a BJP government with full majority, Modi said this will ensure all-round development of the state and people can hold the government accountable if the same party is ruling the state as well as the Centre.
The Prime Minister said Kurukshetra is the land where truth triumphed over untruth, and where an epic that still inspires people - Mahabharata - was written on the battlefield.
Asserting that telling a lie is not necessary for winning elections, he said the people of Haryana were being misled and strongly refuted allegations that the Union Government had imposed a ban on the export of basmati rice.
He added Kurukshetra had immense tourism potential, which should be fully developed.
Modi said that while presenting the Bhagvad Gita to US President Barack Obama, the Chinese President and the Japanese Prime Minister, he had made a mention of this historic land from where Lord Krishna had preached the message.
He said Japan, USA and China had promised massive investment in India, which would lead to employment opportunities for the youth.
Modi said there were 32 lakh families in the country who received a meager pension of Rs 50, 100 or 200 and his government took the first step to keep the minimum pension at Rs 1000.
The Prime Minister also highlighted the poor sex ratio of Haryana and said was a need to protect the mothers and sisters of Haryana.