Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday blamed the Bhupinder Singh Hooda-led Congress government in the state for the lack of progress in Haryana.
Addressing his maiden rally for the state assembly elections, Modi said that it had been promised that Karnal railway station would be modernised but the Congress government had failed ot deliver.
Alleging irregularities in the allotment of village land in the state, he said the poor had been deprived of their legitimate rights in the past decade due to the policies of the Congress government. “Basmati-growing farmers have also been having a tough time,” he said.
He said it was unfortunate that major issues of interior Haryana such as safe drinking water, power, healthcare and infrastructure had still not been resolved.
To buttress his claims of poor development in the state, Modi quoted national statistics and said that Haryana ranks poorly in literacy (22nd), poverty alleviation and unemployment at (9th and 18th), per capita on education (12th), health (19th) and agriculture (18th) in the country.
“The Congress ruled for 60 years and did nothing for the country. But they want to assess my performance with just 60 days in office”, he said.
“Owing to the full faith voters have reposed in the BJP, India now has a stable government at the Centre and it has made the country more important on the international arena. Before this, did you ever see India being heard like it is now being by the US, China, Japan and other countries?” the PM said.
“The pilgrimage to Kailash Mansarovar was difficult through the mountains and China agreed to our suggestion for opening a motorable road to the sacred place in its territory. It’s surprising that the Congress did not even think of this ever in its 60-year rule,” he said.
Modi said that during his recent US visit, experts had agreed to work in collaboration with India to set up a cancer research institute in Haryana.
He said Karnal could be declared a smart city if the BJP came to power.
Carrying forward his idea of Swachh Bharat, Modi said that if today’s hi-fi world needs wi-fi facilities, cleanliness should also be a priority.
MP gets the cold shoulder
Karnal MP Ashwini Kumar Chopra ‘Minna’ was booed by the gathering and had to cut short his address. “I know that you are here to listen to Modi ji. I can talk to you some other day,” the media baron said, leaving the mike in a huff.
The gathering was highly responsive to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech. Candidates of all nine constituencies of Karnal parliamentary segments had brought their supporters in large numbers to the rally.
Ban on black
Following the apprehension of protest, policemen barred the entry of people in black attire at the venue. A few journalists, including one who had come all the way from Chandigarh, had a tough time convincing the cops as he was wearing a black T-shirt.
All roads leading to the rally ground were sealed in the name of security. Residents had a tough time going to different places as the police authorities did not announce traffic diversions and blockades for the PM’s rally.