Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Friday vowed to save Punjab’s youth from the narco-terrorism from across the border once the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) assumed power.
Campaigning in Amritsar for BJP candidate Arun Jaitley during a whirlwind tour of Punjab, Modi took on Pakistan, saying: “When it got beaten in war, it resorted to terrorism, and when we fought that strongly, it now uses narco-terrorism against the youth of my country. I will not allow it to happen.”
Modi also ste pped up his attack on Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her son, Rahul Gandhi, for “taking the country to the brink of disaster” and vowed to expose the ma-bete ki sarkar and those who looted the country after May 16, the day of the Lok Sabha results.
“Sonia Gandhi has ruined the country in her ambition to see Rahul as prime minister. Over the past 10 years, she only worked on that and spoiled the future of crores of youth,” Modi said at one of the five tour rallies.
“We used to curse and blame Prime Minister Manmohan Singh every time but the truth is that these two are responsible for the UPA’s mis rule,” the BJP leader, who is under sustained attack from the Gandhi family lately, said in a counter-offensive, referring to disclosures in the latest book of PM’s former media adviser.
While he shifted the blame for the UPA “misdeeds” to Sonia and Rahul, Modi also didn’t spare Manmohan Singh, though for an entirely dif ferent reason. “I know he worked here as a teacher for many years. He was PM for 10 years, but how many times did he come to Amritsar? Never.
What did he do for this city? Nothing. I will not cheat Punjab like the Congress PM did,” he told the gathering at Hoshiarpur.
Accompanied by Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal, Modi held five back-to-back rallies in the state where his party, in alliance with the SAD, is in power and battling anti-incumbency of seven years.
While there is no apparent “Modi wave” in Punjab, so far, the tur nout at most of his rallies was impressive. Three of these were in constituencies where the alliance candidates are from the BJP.
The common thread in his speeches was the attack on the Congress top leadership, but he also spoke on farmers, faujis, development, drugs and foreign banks account of former CM Amarinder Singh of the Congress.
He tried to hard sell party candidate from Amritsar Arun Jaitley to the voters by giving him credit for the successful development model of Gujarat.