Rahuri (Ahmednagar): Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched a scathing attack on Congress and NCP for their alleged misrule for last 15 years in Maharashtra.
Addressing an election rally in Rahuri of Ahmednagar district, Narendra Modi said that there was no difference between Congress and NCP as they had same gotra. He also termed the two parties as ‘bhrashtacharvaadi'.
“Are Congress and NCP different? No, This is a drama. They have one Gotra, character. They are Bhrashtacharvaadi. Congress and NCP are both bhrashtacharvaadi, said Modi.
“Had last 15yrs been utilized for welfare of Maharashtra, for strengthening law & order here, for saving farmers from commiting suicide, Maharashtra would have achieved new heights. But all that the Govt here did was to loot Maharashtra.Their sole work was LBT...Looto Baato Tax. This is what they have done, left nothing,” added Modi.
Calling Congress-NCP split in Maharashtra a “farce”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said they were one and the separation was meant to divert the attention of voters ahead of the Assembly poll.
“Congress and NCP parted ways just ahead of the poll. But everybody knows that these parties are actually one, they belong to the same clan, their nature and character is same. The split between the two is a farce meant to divert your attention,” he said at a poll rally here in Ahmednagar district.
Accusing the erstwhile Congress-NCP dispensation in Maharashtra of being steeped in corruption, Modi said had it utilised the 15 years it was in power for the uplift of the people, the state would have been far ahead in terms of growth and law and order.
“15 years is not a small time. If their government had utilised its time for the uplift of people, to stop suicide by farmers, in maintaining law and order, in punishing terrorists in the harshest possible way and in providing employment to the youth, Maharashtra would have been far ahead than what it is today,” Modi said.
He said the government was only in the “business of stealing the hard earned money of traders through Local Bodies Tax (LBT)” which he called “Looto Baato Tax (rob and share tax).”
“Today there is nothing left due to corruption by these politicians. There was corruption in providing homes to the widows of Kargil martyrs and in the Mid-Day Meal scheme for children. They have looted everything they could get their hands on,” Modi said.
Modi said the priority of his government was to provide employment to the youth.
“Our priority is to generate employment for the youth of this country. They (Congress-NCP) have made this state ‘scam Maharashtra' which we want to change and make ‘skill Maharashtra'.
“Maharashtra has suffered a lot. Give BJP an absolute majority so the government in the state can work in tandem with the Centre, so that we can together work for Maharashtra with 11 times more strength and vigour,” he said. Modi said his government was working for the uplift of farmers and to check incidents of suicide by them. “When I was in America, I met the CEO of Pepsi. I told her if they could add just 5 per cent of fresh fruit juice to their soft drinks, it will change the lives of our farmers drastically.
“Then our farmers will not have to go out to sell their produce. Multinational companies will come to their doorsteps to buy their produce at remunerative prices. This is the first step towards improving the agricultural environment in our country,” Modi said.
He said the reason why the US had to sit up and take note of his visit was not him but because 1.25 crore people had given BJP an absolute majority.
“Did it happen because of Modi? No... This is because you gave us a majority at the Centre. Today, when Modi stands to talk to someone, that person gives respect because he knows that 1.25 crore Indians are standing behind him,” Modi said.
Here we are giving you live updates of Modi's rally:
2:15pm - Modi concludes his speech
2:12 pm: Modi- Our focus is that the youth of the nation get jobs. Development should ensure that the poor get jobs
2:11pm: Modi- Are Congress and NCP different? No, This is a drama. They have one Gotra, character. They are Bhrashtacharvaadi. Congress and NCP are both bhrashtacharvaadi
2:05pm:Modi- Their sole work was LBT...Looto Baato Tax. This is what they have done, left nothing. They left nothing...water for farmers, mid day meals, homes for Kargil widows....nothing was left by them.
1:59pm: Modi- Had last 15yrs been utilized for welfare of Maharashtra, for strengthening law & order here, for saving farmers from commiting suicide, Maharashtra would have achieved new heights. But all that the Govt here did was to loot Maharashtra.
1:57pm: Modi- Rivals of BJP have no issues to raise against us in this election,which is why they are spreading a new lie each day.
1:55pm - Modi begins his speech
Single phase polling in Maharashtra is slated for October 15 whereas counting of votes will be done on October 19.