Modi attributes the development of western India to BJP ruled governments
Sanjay Behera | February 11, 2014
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate and Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi said that he wants 21 lotuses (seats) from Odisha so that when he becomes the prime minister of the country he will transform it into a developed state like Gujarat at a rally here on Tuesday. Modi also said he just needs 60 months to change India and put it on the development track.
Addressing a crowd of about 50,000 people he launched an attack on Naveen Patnaik government and said the Third Front was being formed to help the Congress indirectly. He criticised chief minister Naveen Patnaik, for aligning his Biju Janata Dal with other parties to form the Third Front.
"Eleven parties have come together for the Third Front. They go to Delhi and take photos holding hands since they can't show their faces in their states," he said.
"They support the Congress and take up the mask of Third Front when elections come. The Third Front has only one job: to save the Congress. When there is trouble for Congress, they come to its rescue. We must identify these helpers of the Congress even though cannot cleanse politics," he added.
Trying to strike a emotional chord with the people Modi invoked the name of Biju Patnaik, the former chief minister of the state and Naveen’s father and said, "you know who feels the most pain on seeing Odisha's destruction? Biju babu. Do you not want an Odisha where Biju babu's soul feels satisfied?” he asked the audience.
"If India has to develop its east like its west, it is time to teach a lesson to people advocating for the Third Front," he continued.
In the 2009 Lok Sabha elections, BJP had failed to win a single Lok Sabha seat in Odisha. Naveen Patnaik-led BJD had won 14 of the total 21 Lok Sabha seats in the state. The Congress won six seats while the CPI won the remaining Lok Sabha seat.
The BJD had also routed all others to win the Assembly polls held simultaneously here.
Modi said, an artisan from Odisha is unable to find work in his state. He has to go to Surat in Gujarat. “Why is that? Will you agree with me that Odisha is poor, that it has been made poor and its youth are unemployed,” he asked.
“Who can make Odisha the best? Who can do it? Before deciding this, we should take stock of the situation in the country,” he continued.
He said there is big difference between eastern and western part of India. While the western part has seen development while the eastern part is still poor.
The western side has mostly BJP governments -Rajasthan, MP, Chhattisgarh, Goa and Gujarat are progressing. And on this side, all Third Front parties are sitting, people who have opened the Third Front shop giving the examples of UP, Odisha, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh.
If India has to develop the east like its west, it is time to teach a lesson to people advocating for the Third Front, Modi said.
The 2014 elections are not about who will become a MP or who does not. The 2014 elections are about political purification.
Modi lambasted Congress saying, “what did the Congress gave to the nation? It has been 60 years. Only one family has ruled. These netas from Delhi who come here, do they ever speak about inflation? Do they feel pain for this? Do they speak on corruption? Will this help the nation?”
He advocated that the Indian youth should get jobs, the poor should get homes, get clothes, their children should access to education, elderly parents should get medicines, mothers and sisters should get security and respect.
He pointed out that neighbhouring state of Chhattisgarh too has tribal population and has faced Maoist insurgency. But today, the state has transformed and has made a place among the developed states in the country. But nothing has changed in Odisha since it did not get proper leadership. There was a time when Chhattisgarh used to get rice from outside. Now under Dr Raman Singh, the state provides rice to other states.
This can be done in Odisha with the BJP's model of development.
“Madhya Pradesh was considered a 'bimaru' state and Delhi did not want MP not to progress. But no one can call it a 'bimaru' state anymore. During Congress rule, agricultural growth rate in MP was two per cent and Shivraj Singh Chouhan raised it to 15 per cent,” he said..
Independent India has seen different models of governments. People saw Congress' model, Communists' model, family parties' model, regional parties' model and the BJP's model.
He asked all political pundits and economists to compare all these models and tell which were the most preferred model for development.
Modi stated if one wants to help Odisha, they need a government that helps the people. There is a need for a change in Odisha.
It's a matter of 100 days and the government in Delhi will change, he said.
Modi said assembly elections along with the Lok Sabha polls are due in Odisha too.
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