Responding to Congress leader Shashi Tharoor’s recent remarks that a "chaiwala" became PM because of Jawaharlal Nehru's commitment to democracy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that the credit goes to the 1.25 crore people of India and not Jawaharlal Nehru.
"I know it will be good when the country gets out of dynasty politics. But, they are not ready to give credit for this to the 1.25 crore people of this country that a chaiwala became the Prime Minister. They do not want to give credit to BJP and Modi. This is the result of their undemocratic thinking. For this too, they want to give its credit to Nehru," PM Modi said while addressing an election rally in Chhattisgarh's Ambikapur.
"These people still have not come to terms that I am the PM, it has been nearly four and a half years. They are still crying, how can a 'chaiwala' become PM? Now they say a 'chaiwala' became PM because of one great person," PM Modi said.
"I want to challenge them, let some good leader of Congress outside the 'family' become the party president for 5 years, then I will say that Nehruji really created a truly democratic system there," he added.
"Congress party ko neend nahi aa rahi hai ki ye hamare parivaar ki virasat hamari rajgaddi ko ye chai wala kaise chura le gaya," PM Modi said.
PM Modi dared the Congress to make any non-Gandhi the president of the party.
कांग्रेस एक चायवाला प्रधानमंत्री बन गया इसके लिए 125 करोड़ लोगों को श्रेय देने को तैयार नहीं है। ये उनकी अलोकतांत्रिक मानसिकता का परिणाम है जो उन्हें नेहरू जी को ही श्रेय देने का मन करता है: पीएम @narendramodi #KamalSangVikas pic.twitter.com/oOcpSHCmts— BJP (@BJP4India) November 16, 2018
He said that four generations of Congress ruled the nation and they should give an account of what they have done for the country.
PM Modi further accused the Congress of creating a mess by ordering bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh to create Telangana.
"Atalji created Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. It was a peaceful division and both the states are developing rapidly today. But just look at what the mess Congress created at the time of formation of Telangana," PM Modi said.
He appealed people of the region to vote in large numbers in the second phase of polling to give a befitting reply to Naxals who have triggered several attacks in the region recently.
"Shouldn't people of Bastar be appreciated for such high voting percentages? I will tell you a way to appreciate them, on November 20 you register even higher voting percentage than Bastar," PM Modi said.
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