Gunning for Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) chief Om Prakash Chautala at his maiden election rally here on Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked voters to shun past performers and give the BJP a chance to govern Haryana with a clear majority.
Striking a chord with the voters during his 30-minute address, Modi blamed the Congress and INLD for neglecting farmers and promoting ‘goondaism’ (anti-social activities). “Aap sarkar mein hone wale kam karwane ke liye kya Tihar jail jana chahte hain, ya phir rajdhani Chandigarh jana chate hein (Would you want to go to Tihar jail to get your work done or to state capital Chandigarh)?” Modi said without naming convicted INLD president Om Prakash Chautala on his recent remark that he would take oath of chief minister from Tihar jail.
The BJP, he assured, would work for development and employment generation for the youth. “Jin logon ka dekh chuke hain unka phir trial mat karen. Bharatiya Janata Party ke full majority ki sarkar bana do (Give the BJP a chance to form the government with a majority),” he said referring to the INLD regime in the state over a decade ago when “musclemen had their say and there was lawlessness”.
‘Owe a lot to Haryana, want to pay back now’
Modi went on to introduce all nine candidates of assembly seats in the Karnal parliamentary constituency. He said Haryana had a special significance for him as he had learnt several things at the personal and political levels while working for the BJP in the state.
“I owe a lot to Haryana and wanted to pay back in terms of unprecedented development. But that is possible only if the BJP gets a clear majority. Varna yeh police wale bhi meri baat nahin manenge kyunki yeh mulazim to Haryana sarkar ke hain, Dilli ke nahin (Otherwise even the police won’t listen to me because after all they are Haryana government employees not Central government staff),” he said.
Modi said he chose to begin his poll campaign from Karnal, the birthplace of Karna from the Mahabharata, for a Congress-mukt (free) Haryana.