The PM in his public rally said the Congress has abandoned “public modesty” by elevating to the post of party president a person who is out on bail in a graft case, apparently referring to the National
In Dharampur, and also later at a rally in Bhavnagar, the PM reminded the people how Congress was wiped out in Uttar Pradesh, Assam and would soon be wiped out in Himachal Pradesh, too. He said the Gandhi dynasty kept Uttar Pradesh, which sent its members to the prime ministerial chair, poor and backward. He also repeatedly brought up the issue of ‘Gujarati asmita’, or pride, and how the Congress top leadership insulted Gujaratis, including Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and Morarji Desai. He said a Congress government would derail the development done in Gujarat. “Will you allow that to happen? Will you stop the journey of development in Gujarat?” Modi asked the audience.
He said Kapil Sibal, who was a powerful minister in 2007 in the UPA government, had then said that Modi, the then chief minister, would be in jail after losing the election. The PM said now was the time to teach the Congress a lesson.
Modi also took potshots at Rahul Gandhi
over his frequent visit to temples during the poll campaign. “In earlier days, there used to be a competition to show how secular they are. If one says that I am secular, the other will say he is four kg more secular, a third will say he is six kg more secular and a fourth would claim he is 10 kg more secular. But what is the competition for before 2017 (Gujarat) polls? After 70 years where all they have to go to?”
He said the people of Gujarat were not fools and would see through the “deception” (of visiting temples for Hindu votes).
“If you remember 2002, 2007, 2012 (polls), all Congress leaders would brand us as communal and anti-Muslim. But before the 2017 polls, no leader is saying that BJP is communal. This means the Congress has also accepted that the abuse they were hurling against the BJP was false and was meant for vote bank politics,” he said.
Accused of trying to stoke Patidar and Kshatriya divide in an earlier speech in the state, the PM on Monday tried to smoothen ruffled feathers. In Bhavnagar, he spoke of the unity between the two communities. Modi said demonetisation hurt the Congress, but not honest common people of the country.
He listed the several projects carried out by the BJP government in Gujarat and at Centre. Modi reminded the gathering at both the places how he was one of their own who has reached the prime ministerial chair, and knows 100-200 people by name or has had familial links.