Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a mega congregation of BJP workers in poll-bound Madhya Pradesh today on the occasion of birth anniversary of Jana Sangh co-founder Deendayal Upadhyaya. PM Modi paid tribute to Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya on his birth anniversary at Jamboree Maidan. He slammed Congress over its "misrule" in the state during its tenure and said that the party is neither willing to change itself nor does it want the country to change.
"After Independence, it was Congress rule in Madhya Pradesh for a long time. The Congress turned a prosperous state into 'beemaru'. The youths of the state have not seen the deplorable law and order condition during the Congress rule. Congress does not change itself, nor does it let the country change. The Congress opposed Digital India. Today, the entire world is mesmerised with India's UPI. Record digital transactions are taking place in India. The nation is working hard towards prosperity but the Congress wants to take the country back to the 20th century," he added.
The Prime Minister slammed Congress over its "negativity".
"The BJP government made a new Parliament building which will serve the country in the coming centuries. The country is praising it, but Congress is opposing it from day 1. It is spreading negativity. Whatever achievement India accomplishes, Congress does not like it," he said.
PM Modi took a jibe at Congress and said that the youth who will vote in the upcoming Assembly polls for the first time are "fortunate" as they have not witnessed the "misrule" of the Congress government.
"The BJP government in Madhya Pradesh has completed almost 20 years. This means the youths who will be voting for the first time in the upcoming elections, have only seen the BJP government. The present youth of Madhya Pradesh are lucky that they have not witnessed the bad governance of the Congress government... Congress turned the state into 'Bimaru Rajya'... BJP has tried to take the state to a new level with new energy... Youths here have seen the development work and good governance of the BPJ government," he said.
He said that if Congress gets a chance again, it will remake Madhya Pradesh a Bimaru state.
"Congress will make Madhya Pradesh a 'Bimaru Rajya' if it gets a chance (to come into power here)," he said.
He said it would be a "huge loss for the state" if Congress comes to power.
"For Madhya Pradesh upcoming years are very crucial... If during this crucial time, Congress, a dynasty party, a party full of corruption, gets a chance (to come into power), this will be a huge loss for the state," he said.
PM Modi termed the Madhya Pradesh Assembly polls crucial and said that the development journey of the state should not stop.
"The upcoming (MP Assembly) polls are very crucial. We have to make sure that the path of development created by people of MP, that vehicle of development doesn't wander or stop," he said.
He said that the BJP has a special connection with the heart of the nation.
"Madhya Pradesh is known as the heart of the nation. BJP has a special connection with the nation's heart," he said.
The Prime Minister hit out at Congress for "nourishing the corrupt system in India" and likened the party to a "rusty iron".
"Congress has been busy glorifying only one family. Congress has been busy nourishing the corrupt system in India. Congress is like rusty iron, which gets corroded if kept in the rain. Now Congress neither has the ability to see nor understand the national interest," he said.
He said that nothing is above the country for him.
"'Modi ka mijaaz bhi alag hai, mehnat bhi alag hai aur mission bhi alag hai'. For me, nothing is above the country and the people of the country... Main abhawon mein raha hu par desh ko nahi rehne dunga," he said.
He accused Congress of attempting to stop Droupadi Murmu from becoming the President of India and humiliating her.
"These (Congress) are the same people who tried their best to stop the country's first tribal woman President Droupadi Murmu from becoming the President. These are the same people who have repeatedly tried to humiliate her. These people are the same people who had stopped the entry of daughters in the front lines of the country's armed forces," he said.
In an apparent swipe at Rahul Gandhi, the Prime Minister said that the farmers' farm is a ground for photo session for Congress.
"Poor's life doesn't matter for their (Congress) leaders, born with silver spoons in their mouth... For them, poor's life is adventure tourism... For Congress leaders poor persons' colonies has become location for video shootings... They have done this in the past too... BJP government is showing the developed and grand face of the country to the world...," he said.
Notably, Rahul Gandhi was recently seen in a farmer's farm in Haryana where he drove tractor and sowed seeds.
He referred to the passage of the Women's Reservation Bill in the Parliament and said that Congress and "Ghamandia alliance" (INDI alliance) alliance couldn't dare to oppose women's reservation bill because women are now aware.
"Nari Shati Vandan Adhiniyam' (Women's Reservation Bill) created a new history in the country. Women of the country waited for several decades, and it was also said that it might never be done. But there is guarantee for every every guarantee getting fulfilled when there is Modi. However, I want to caution the women of India, the Congress and its new 'ghamandiya' alliance supported this Bill half-heartedly and reluctantly," he said.
The 'Karyakarta Mahakumbh' was organised by the party on the occasion to mark the culmination of BJP’s 'Jan Ashirwad Yatras' that travelled around the state ahead of the Assembly polls slated this year, according to the party leaders.
This was PM Modi’s third visit to Madhya Pradesh in 45 days where the ruling BJP is said to be in close contest with Congress.
According to sources, the BJP planned to gather around 10 lakh people for the mega event being projected as a show of strength by the saffron party.
The BJP had launched five yatras aiming to conduct a mega outreach programme earlier this month. BJP national president JP Nadda had flagged off the first yatra from Chitrakoot in Satna on September 3. The yatras have covered 223 out of the total 230 assembly segments in MP.
The BJP have come up with a slogan ‘abki bar 150 par’ (victory in more than 150 seats) in the run-up to the polls in what is expected to be a hig-decibel contest.
(With inputs from agencies)