Promising growth in rural Maharashtra, Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) star campaigner Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged voters from drought-hit Beed and Aurangabad in central Maharashtra on Saturday to throw out the “corrupt” Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), who have not done much for them in the past 15 years.
“Not one dream seen by common man in the state has been fulfilled by the two parties,” Modi said, at his first rally for the Assembly polls in the state.
In Beed, Modi’s cabinet colleague late Gopinath Munde’s elder daughter Pankaja is an Assembly candidate, while her sister Pritam is contesting a by-poll necessitated by Munde’s death.
Accusing the Congress and NCP leaders of making money by indulging in corrupt practices, he said, “Actor Amitabh Bachchan hosts a television show called ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’, but the Congress and NCP leaders played ‘Kaun Banega Arabpati’ for the past many years. ‘Ghadi’ aur ‘Haath’ ka milan aisa tha ki bahut ache se safaayi ki [the NCP and Congress worked together to make a lot of money],” he said.
“Did 15 years of Congress-NCP government do any good to you, to farmers, to the poor or to the state,” he asked.
In Aurangabad, Modi wooed a vast audience by praising Munde. “The massive attendance here is a fruit of Munde’s labour,” he said, adding he would not have needed to campaign here had Munde been alive. He also promised industrial development and jobs in the region by means of the recent pacts signed with Japan. Modi, however, ignored the Shiv Sena, BJP’s former ally, which has targeted his party for breaking their 25-year-old alliance.
Modi said it was time the voters, especially the youth, saved Maharashtra. “Maharashtra is our big brother because some time ago, Gujarat was a part of this state.”
Hitting out at the parties that have accused him of failure in the past four months, he said, “I think small, but I think of doing big things for small people. Did India’s name ever reverberate in the US before? It did this time, not because of Modi, but because of its 125 crore people.”
Listing out his government’s achievements, he said, “The prices of petrol and diesel have come down. People who ruled the country for 60 years are asking about my government’s performance in 60 days. I promise to end India’s problems in the next five years.”