Congress is disconnected with aspirations of people: PM Modi in Gujarat
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Monday address rallies in different parts of Saurashtra and south Gujarat, where polling for the first phase of assembly polls will be held on December 9.
Addressing a rally in Surat PM Modi said that "After campaigning in Kutch, Rajkot and Amreli districts, I have come to Surat. I am seeing the energetic response among people. I am also seeing the Congress is scared of defeat and is unable to match the BJP's focus on development and good governance."
"Arrogance of the Congress party is at a record high. They do not realise that the times have changed. The youth sees things very differently. Things are very different in Gujarat from the time Congress ruled here 22 years ago. Society is no longer divided, there is progress now," he said.
"The Congress is disconnected with the aspirations of the people of India," he added.
"The Congress party has not done anything, it does not want to do any thing and it does not want others to do anything for the people. Overnight, Indira Ji removed Morarji Bhai from the Cabinet. She did not open the doors of the bank for the poor. When we got the opportunity to serve, the first thing we did was to start the Jan Dhan Yojana and focus on financial inclusion," he further said.
"Morarji Bhai Desai was a successful Finance Minister and a believer in Gandhi Ji. The Congress mistreated him and even when he became PM they troubled him," says PM Modi at a rally in Kamrej.
Earlier, the prime minister addressed a rally in Rajkot's Jasdan, Modi said,''In last fifteen years, you have chosen us three times. You all know that Gujarat has adopted the route of "vikaas'. We have not left anything for ensuing your welfare in Jasdan."
"These people spoke of bringing Narmada here. But they ridiculed and insulted us for demanding better facilities. Had Congress helped us, then we would have had Narmada at least 30 years back," Modi said.
"Our forces have scored a double century," Modi said while referring to over 200 militants being killed this year.
"There used to be a kind of unofficial curfew every day under Congres rule. Secuirty was an issue. But have we not provided you with security? Once there is security, there is peace and communal harmony," Modi said.
"The Congress dislikes me because of my poor origins. Can a party stoop so low? Yes, a person belonging to a poor family has become PM. They do not fail to hide their contempt for this fact. Yes, I sold tea but I did not sell the nation," said PM Modi.
Remember the Gujarat before BJP came to power? To travel to Ahmedabad also people had to ask is it safe. Law and order situation in the state was very poor. All this changed after BJP came to power," said Modi.
"We have served Gujarat without any discrimination. Our belief is in the Mantra of 'Sauno Saath, Sauno Vikas'," Modi further said concluding his speech.
Addressing a rally in Bhuj, Modi said,''never forgive the Congress Party and this has been the case for long. Congress has never liked Gujarat, has always preferred to see it lag behind.''
"I am grateful for all the 'kichad' being thrown at me, after all, a lotus blooms only in 'kichad' so, I don't mind if more is thrown at me," Modi added.
"It was the Congress that killed youngsters who were associated with the Maha Gujarat Movement... The misgovernance by the Congress adversely impacted Kutch," Modi said.
"After the Kutch earthquake Atal Ji asked me to go to Gujarat. On taking over, I spent considerable time in Kutch and learnt what administration is about. You can say that my training happened here in Kutch," said Modi.
"Pakistan released Hafiz Saeed. Why is Congress clapping for it. I don't understand this because a terrorist has been released," Modi said referring to Rahul Gandhi's tweet questioning Saeed's release from house arrest.
"At a time when Doka La was going on, Rahul was hugging Chinese ambassador. We conducted surgical strike after Uri attack but did Congress do anything after Mumbai in 2008? This is the difference in leadership," Modi said on surgical strike and Doka La standoff.
"India was attacked on 26/11 and in Uri. You can see how India responded in the wake of both attacks. This explains the difference between their Government and ours," said PM Modi.
"Congress is unhappy about demonetisation. They keep attacking me but I want to tell them...I have grown up in the same land as Sardar Patel. I will ensure that the poor get their due. We will not allow this nation to be looted," said Modi.
Narendra Modi reached Kutch and proceeded to famed Ashapura Mata temple at Mata nou Madh. He offered prayers to the deity and met devotees outside the temple.
Modi will be addressing rallies in Bhuj, Jasdan, Dhari, and Kamrej today. He will be offering prayers at Mata nou Madh temple that falls in the Abdasa constituency.
Meanwhile, preparations are underway for Modi's public meeting in Gujarat's Bhuj.
Earlier in the day, Modi paid tributes to former Swaminarayan sect head Pramukh Swami Maharaj.
On Wednesday, PM Modi will address poll rallies in Morbi and Prachi villages near Somnath, Palitana in Bhavnagar and at Navsari in south Gujarat.