Prime Minister Narendra Modi flayed chief minister Harish Rawat for his ‘Bahubali’ (strongman) image on Saturday and urged the electorate to help him free Uttarakhand from a ‘corrupt’ government.
“Earlier people used to get afraid if some party used to give ticket to any Bahubali (strongman). The word ‘Bahubali’ was maligned and denoted brute power and no one liked the word. But here is a person (Rawat) who prides himself in being portrayed as ‘Bahubali’. It’s a shame that netas can pride themselves in being called Bahubali,” Modi said, making a reference to the chief minister whose video depicting him as a Bahubali had gone viral.
The presence of a large number of Bengalis and Punjabis brought cheers to the BJP candidates from Terai region that attended the rally along with former chief minister Vijay Bahuguna and former CM Bhagat Singh Koshyari.
Stressing on development for Uttarakhand, Modi said he was aware of the demands of the people in Uttarakhand.
“We are spending Rs 12,000 crore for making all weather roads on the Chardham route.”
The Indian scientists made the country proud by developing a missile system that can bring down enemy missile entering our space by a distance of 150 miles, he said. “But the Opposition will now seek proof of such a missile. They will question the range (of the missile), like they questioned the surgical strike and insulted our army.”
The Prime Minister also took credit of giving One Rank, One Pension (OROP) to retired servicemen. “I had promised to look into the problems of armymen. We have transferred Rs 6,000 crore into their accounts,” he said.
“My government wants to give water to fields, good education, cheap medicines and end unemployment. Help me by electing a BJP government in Uttarakhand. We promulgated demonetization for the benefit of the poor and for cleaning corruption, but I was attacked by vested interests. I will continue the fight with the blessings of 125 crore Indians,” he said.
Those people know very well that ‘Modi chhodega nahin’ (Modi won’t spare anyone), he thundered. “My message to people in Uttarakhand for 15 February is bhaari matdan, baad mein jalpaan (first massive voting, then refreshments). Main aapko koi kami mehsoos nahin hone doonga (I won’t let you down,” he told the crowds.
The ‘Modi magic’ was at its peak in Rudrapur, Udham Singh Nagar as record crowds reached the FCI grounds to listen to the Prime Minister.