Lok Sabha polls campaign, BJP’s prime ministerial candidate and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi
On his maiden visit to the state for Lok Sabha polls campaign, BJP’s prime ministerial candidate and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today hit out at the constituents of Third Front as migratory birds. He was addressing the Nab Chetana Rally at Swami Vivekananda Maidan in the afternoon.
“Third Front is like migratory birds. They come together in election season and after elections become 30 Fronts and fight with each other”, the Gujarat Chief Minister said. Modi while raising the issues of attacks on northeastern students and infiltration by Bangladeshis, asked, “Where was Third Front six-month back. On which national issues, this Third Front has raised its voice”.
Taking a dig at the Congress rule, Modi said that the intellectual class should take a note of the political and economic situation of the people in the country. “They have seen the Congress model, the family dynasty model and Leftist model. Whenever BJP has got chance it has shown result. It’s time to analysis”, the BJP prime ministerial candidate added. He also castigated the CPIM’s alleged partisanship in providing people with due benefits like BPL cards and spoke of state’s potential for growth in many sectors of the economy.
“Tripura is gifted by nature for rubber cultivation but this can grow only at optimum level only when modern science and technology, specially genetical science is applied here; we have achieved more than 10 percent of agricultural growth in Gujarat annually over the past decade and this has been possible for correct application of scientific methods and techniques”, Modi claimed.
The Gujarat Chief Minister also wondered why growth rate in state’s economy was so sluggish and poverty still so acute despite political stability in the form of continued electoral success of left front. He sarcastically alluded to the picture of a CPIM leader who had slept with wads of notes of Rs 20 lakh. Modi urged upon the attendees to cast their votes for BJP in both the Lok Sabha seats, with his refrain “Mata Laxmi seats only on Lotus and make sure that in your state the goddess takes her seat on lotuses by giving both the Lok Sabha seats to the state”, he maintained.
Modi reiterated that country needs a government that is sensitive to the issues of the people of the northeastern states. “The country needs a government that is ready to take initiatives for their development”, he opined. The Gujarat Chief Minister pointed out, “Natural resources can make the state overcome the issues of unemployment and poverty as it is the sector which has till now has given employment to most number of people”.
He attacked the CPIM all over again for the lack of development in the state. Modi touched upon the problem of illegal Bangladeshi immigrants in the state. “The people of Tripura are troubled because of Bangladesh and Pakistan is worried because of me”, stated the BJP prime ministerial candidate. He accused the Congress party of destroying the country during its reign in the past 60 years and asked the people to help him at least for 60 months. For him it was Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee who paved progress, development and integration in northeast. Modi was his usual smartness personified as he had come well informed of Tripura’s history and politics from the stormy days of the merger with the Indian union on October 15, 1949.
He referred to the way Pakistan had conspired to grab Tripura days before the merger and it was timely help extended by Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel at the request of erstwhile Maharani Kanchanprava Devi that saved the state. He also made anecdotal reference to Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore who had composed two dramas and a novel based on episodes of Tripura’s history and how eminent scientist Jagadish Chandra Bose had been liberally helped by the Tripura king Radhakishore Manikya.
The BJP prime ministerial candidate also offered his pranam to Mata Tripurasundari’, one of the holiest Hindu shrines. His companion former Rajya Sabha MP Surinder Singh Ahluwalia introduced Modi to the crowd as a man with a dream from age seventeen at which age, he said, Kshudiram Bose of Bengal had courted martyrdom. Police have made elaborate security arrangement for the rally. Senior BJP leader Vijay Jolly also spoke at the rally.
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