HARIDWAR: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday asked the Congress leaders to “mind their language” as he has everyone’s dossier which he can disclose while dubbing the Harish Rawat government in Uttarakhand as “most corrupt”.
“I want to tell the Congress leaders to mind their language or else I have a dossier on each one of them,” he said at a public rally in Haridwar and added that legal action would be taken against all those running the “corrupt” Congress regime, once the BJP is elected to power in the mountain state on March 11.
“This corrupt (Congress) regime has so badly sullied the name of the land of gods (Uttarakhand) that its sanctity needs to be restored,” Modi said a public meeting here as he launched the last phase of the BJP’s campaign for the February 15 assembly election.
Modi appealed to the people to vote the BJP to power and assured them that he would push for the development of the state where growth has been impeded by the corrupt Congress regime. He also assured the people that legal action would be taken against all those presiding over the corrupt government if the BJP was voted to power
“The entire country watched the corrupt face of this (Congress) government on television screens but the person who heads such a tainted regime is the least bothered,” Modi said.
He was referring to a sting CD in which chief minister Harish Rawat was purportedly seen offering bribes to his dissident Congress legislators to save his government last year.
“That the person is the least bothered about what he has done also reflects from his mannerism. From the way he walks and talks, it seems as if he is digesting what he has eaten (in terms of corruption),” Modi said in a jibe at Rawat who is also the Congress face for the poll.
“If a person commits something wrong, he remains conscience smitten…If caught, he feels ashamed but not this person,” Modi said as he hit out at Rawat. “Shouldn’t such a person and his government be voted out of power?” he asked as massive crowd in Rishkul Maidan responded approvingly.
Modi appealed to the people to vote for the BJP to replace the corrupt Congress regime also because corruption had badly impeded the state’s growth. “This nascent state has completed its 16 years and like any adolescent it is passing through a critical phase…So, during its next five crucial formative years the state needs a government that can give it a shape and direction,” he said.
Modi said the resource crunched mountain state had been so badly caught in the morass of corruption that it needs two engines to bring it out of that fathomless pit.
“One engine is already at the Centre,” he pointed out, referring to the BJP-led NDA government. Modi appealed to the people to vote the party to power in the mountain state as well so that “you have another engine here as well to propel this region on the trajectory of development.”
He assured the people that, if the BJP “is voted to power”, he would give shape to the development of the state, which was created by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 2000.
Modi suggested that he had already started the process of development last month by laying the foundation stone for the Rs 12,000 crore Chardham highway project in Dehradun last month.
“Once this project takes shape this fabled religious destination will become accessible to tourists around the year,” he said. “Similarly, we will ensure that local youth get job and the region’s natural resources are utilised for its development.”
Defending his decision to recall high-value banknotes, he said it was aimed to push black money out of circulation. “I am taking such decisions so that the poor have a roof over their head and farmers have water to irrigate their fields.”
The prime minister said his government also accepted ex-servicemen’s long pending One Rank, One Pension demand, which the Congress had ignored for 40 years.