Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday said the Bharatiya Janata Party will snatch victory from Congress’ hands in the Rajasthan elections.
Addressing his final rally in Jaipur before Rajasthan goes to the polls on December 7, Modi referred to various scandals made under the Congress-led rule, and listed the accomplishments made under the BJP tenure and asked people to vote a party that can give a promising future to their children.
“Before you go to vote, you need to think. Questions such as who should be voted, which candidate can win or which community should get more votes should not be the basis to vote. Your concern should be the party that can give better future for your children,” the prime minister said.
Modi said in the last 65 years, the Congress could set up only 11 medical colleges while Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje established 11 medical colleges in four-and-a-half years. “Now you should decide if you want a government which works in 65 years, or the one that works in four years,” he said.
The prime minister said that under the ‘namdar’ (alluding to Congress government), people stood in long queues in front of LPG agencies to get one cooking gas cylinder. Within 65 years of independence, around 130mn gas connections were given.
“However, during the last four years, 12 crore (120mn) gas connections were distributed, out of which 6 crore were given to the poor free of cost,” he said.
Recalling the Congress tenure, Modi said India was counted one among the “Fragile Five” economies. “Rajasthan was frequently counted among the BIMARU states. Vasundhara Raje brought the state out of this grip and now, Rajasthan is among the top five states. The credit for this change goes to ‘Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas’ policy of the BJP,” he added.
He accused the opposition of spreading lies in the state that power switches hands in Rajasthan in every alternate election. “However, they never mentioned that Bhairon Singh Shekhawat became chief minister twice in the state,” he said.
“Their next lie was that BJP can’t win elections. I have seen the mood of the people and their response. Rajasthan will become a case study, where the BJP will snatch victory from the hands of the Congress,” he said.
The prime minister said that during Congress rule, one would frequently read news mentioning scam running into billions of rupees. “But, have you seen such headlines making news during Modi’s working? Now all that you read is the Congress attacking Modi on his caste and his father’s name.”
He challenged the Congress to speak on “real issues”.
Modi accused the Congress of grabbing a major chunk of subsidies distributed for the handicapped, old-age pension, midday meal and other such schemes.
“It was surprising to find that 6.5 crore beneficiaries never existed,” Modi said, adding that they were ‘benaami’ (dummies). “The question is: where was this money going? Soon after the formation of the Modi government, we saved Rs90,000 crore from such subsidies, which were distributed in the form of pensions, scholarships, schemes for widows and suchlike,” he said.
“Now all such shops from where Congress could have minted money have been stopped. They are not getting a chance to do something wrong and hence are cursing and abusing me.”
The prime minister also accused the Congress of looting banks from 2008 to 2014 and said that loans disbursed in these six years were equal to loans given in last 60 years.
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