In his last election rally for the Delhi elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday dismissed the surveys predicting AAP’s win and said that BJP would form a government in Delhi.
“In the last assembly election too, some people got surveys done and gave them (referring to AAP) 50 seats. But when the results were announced, they couldn’t even make it to the top position. When I was contesting from Varanasi, surveys predicted that I will lose. Some even said Modi will lose by three lakh votes,” he said at Ambedkar Nagar in South Delhi.
Targeting AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal and people supporting him, Modi said that the country had many leaders who were never projected as PM but someone who couldn’t win his Lok Sabha seat was projected as PM.
Modi said that those who served their states for two-three terms were never projected as PM. “Be it Mamata Banerjee, Nitish Kumar, Mayawati, Navin Patnaik or Chandra Babu Naidu they were never projected as PM, though they have done a lot. But few people were trying very hard to project him (Kejriwal) as PM but they don’t know that voters are very clever. Those who claimed to be honest stand exposed. Delhi’s voters are aware now,” he said.
Modi again targeted AAP over the ‘dubious’ donations. “Recently, I was asked by my friends whether I had also made donations. I enquired and was surprised that even Mahatma Gandhi and Obama had donated for them. What kind of people are they? In public life there should not be any place for such lies. We don’t talk about corruption but fight for it,” he said.
Talking about development, Modi said he believed in politics of development. “Development means change in the lifestyle of poor. Their children should get education. And there should be concrete houses in place of jhuggis,” he said.
The rally saw a significant turnout of party supporters. Women thronged the venue in good numbers. Kiran Bedi’s speech was greeted with a huge applause. Chandra Prabha, resident of Deoli, said, “Kiran Bedi as a CM is good choice but BJP is yet to fulfil several promises it made in general elections.”
Ambedkar Nagar, a reserved constituency, was a Congress bastion. But in the 2013 polls, AAP candidate Ashok Kumar Chauhan defeated Congress’ Chaudhary Prem Singh. Chauhan is fighting this election on a BJP ticket and Wednesday’s rally was also an attempt by the BJP to woo voters who have drifted to AAP.
“I am here to see Modiji, I have seen him on TV but today (Wednesday) I wanted to be a part of history by seeing him,” said Saurav Sharma, a college student.
(With inputs from Abhinav Rajput)