Don't want bullet trains? Take bullock carts: PM Modi at Gujarat rally

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said those opposing the bullet train project should travel on bullock carts.

Published: 03rd December 2017 03:45 PM  |   Last Updated: 04th December 2017 01:55 PM   |  A+A-

Prime Minister Narendra Modi (Photo | BJP Twitter)

Express News Service

AHMEDABAD: The stage was Gujarat, but the backdrop was the Congress’s internal polls for Rahul Gandhi’s elevation to the party president’s post. Resuming his campaign for the first phase of the Assembly elections on his home turf, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, addressing rallies in Bharuch, Surendranagar and Rajkot, took pot-shots at the Congress for ‘intolerance’, lack of inner party democracy, opposing him for the sake of opposing — like on the bullet train project — and for ‘divisive’ politics.

It was as if he was not just campaigning to help his party win the Gujarat Assembly, but wanted to ensure that all accusations that the Congress — or his critics — have flung on his government in the last one year, boomeranged on them in the process. Using the Yogi-led government’s clean sweep in the UP civic polls as fresh ammunition to puncture the Opposition’s narrative, Modi said: “In Uttar Pradesh, where the Congress ruled for decades, the State from where generations of top Congress leaders are from... we saw what happened there in the local elections. Congress was wiped out. UP knows Congress well and so does Gujarat.”

The Prime Minister, pooh-poohing those who criticised him for clinching the high-value bullet train project with Japanese aid instead of focusing on improving basic rail infrastructure, said, “Those opposing the bullet train project should travel on bullock carts. We won’t mind.” Hitting back at Gandhinagar archbishop Thomas Macwan, who warned people against ‘nationalist forces’, the PM said his government had got back Father Tom and Father Prem from terrorists in Yemen and Afghanistan.

Modi recalls violence in Congress tenure

In Bharuch and Kutch, where Muslims are in big numbers, Modi recalled that during the Congress rule, the area would be mostly under curfew because of violence.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp