BJP’s prime ministerial candidate and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday continued his tirade against the Congress and called upon the people of Tamil Nadu to throw out the Congress from power since that was the only solution for getting rid of all ills afflicting the nation right now.
Addressing a massive public meeting here, Modi recounted the shortcomings of the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre — from fishermen’s woes in the hands of neighbouring countries to economic destabilisation; from attack on our soldiers in the border areas to the inability to check Chinese incursions.
In his 67-minute speech, delivered mostly in chaste Hindi and occasionally in English, Modi concentrated on attacking the Congress government. He read out a few Tamil sentences transliterated for him amid cheers. “To save the nation, we need ‘mukti’ from this divisive Congress,” Modi said and added that the party had divided people on the basis of caste and created rifts. Their divisive thoughts have created a wedge between the rural and urban areas of the country, he said.
Even in inter-state water disputes, the Congress played a divisive role and made one State fight against another.
Besides, Congress has divided administration. By giving special status to Jammu and Kashmir, the party had divided the country too. “In short, divisiveness is in the genes of the Congress,” he added. Referring to the plight of Tamil Nadu fishermen, Modi recalled that even fishermen from Gujarat have been facing similar problems by Pakistan authorities.