Charging the two Dravidian parties--DMK and AIADMK--with keeping Tamil Nadu under their “control”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said people wanted a change from them and billed BJP as an alternative, saying its sole mantra was development.
Without naming either party, Modi said the two had come to power alternately, “sometimes this (party) and sometimes the other,” and they had kept Tamil Nadu under their “control”.
“People of the state want to be freed from them. And the turnout is a statement to that,” he said addressing an election rally here.
He said corruption has “ruined” Tamil Nadu and that none of the schemes or their benefits would reach the poor if graft was not done away with.
Engaging the audience, Modi asked them if they had power supply 24 hours a day, to which they replied in the negative, and then alleged that people of the state had no access to clean drinking water despite 67 years of Independence.
However, the situation was not so in BJP-ruled states as they were focused on power generation, employment creation and ensuring other basic amenities like education and health care, Modi said.
The PM reiterated that development is the only solution for all of the country’s problems and that it was the main aim of his party, the BJP.
Modi, who started his address in Tamil, said he had come to the southern state seeking votes for development.
“My party’s sole mantra is development. And vote for it to change the fortunes of Tamil Nadu. Give victory to BJP,” he said.
He slammed the previous Congress-led UPA government on corruption, saying two years ago newspapers and TV channels were abuzz with some scams breaking frequently.
“Corruption scandals used to tumble out and the country was concerned. They did not spare even coal even as there was corruption in 2G. They did nothing other than looting the country,” he said.