Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) PM candidate Narendra Modi on Friday said his opponents have failed to defeat him democratically and therefore were using the Indian Mujahideen (IM) and CBI to target him.
“Those who failed to beat Modi in three elections, those who were humiliated and feel they can’t defeat us democratically are resorting to underhanded means; they use the CBI and they give a free hand to Indian Mujahideen,” Modi told an election rally in Bahraich district of Uttar Pradesh.
“That is why I feel next elections won’t be contested by Congress, SP and BSP; the IM and CBI will fight polls to save Congress,” Modi said.
Bihar police has held IM responsible for serial blasts in Patna on October 27 that occurred before and during the BJP’s Hunkar (battle cry) rally addressed by Modi. Six people were killed and scores injured in the blasts.
“Why is there so much opposition to us? Because they know their fate is sealed in the upcoming elections. People intoxicated with power have realised they are in trouble,” Modi said.
He launched a blistering attack on Uttar Pradesh government for jailing BJP legislators who were charged with inciting communal violence in Muzaffarnagar in September, which left 62 dead and more than 50,000 displaced from their homes.
“For vote bank politics, they don’t want to keep criminals in jail but are willing to imprison innocent people,” he said.
The Gujarat strongman praised Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, a possible NDA ally, for taking on the Centre for her state’s interests, to take a dig at her UP counterpart, thus aiming to hit two birds with one stone. “Mamata Banerjee works for her people, while SP is interested in saving the UPA government,” he said.
The Gujarat strongman, whose record of development in his state has become his USP, said the SP and BSP governments were responsible for UP’s backwardness.
“UP can help give a stable BJP government. Just as a developed UP can lift the entire country, a stable government at the centre too can happen with UP’s support,” Modi said. The state with a population of more than 200 million returns 80 members to Parliament and holds key to government formation at the Centre.
Mocking at Akhilesh government and his predecessor Mayawati, Modi said, “The previous CM loved elephants, the current one loves lions.”
The Akhilesh government had requested Gujarat authorities to shift a few lions from Gir sanctuary for its pet lion safari project.
“We have accepted the UP’s request. But it would have been better if they had sought cows from Gir to improve milk production or asked for the secret behind successful Amul initiative,” Modi said.
“That’s the problem with UP, its leaders either are concerned with their own self or have misplaced priorities. Had the Congress or your SP and BSP leaders cared only about UP, the country would have prospered.”
“There is electricity in places where (Azam) Khan saheb and your young CM live, but the rest of UP lives in darkness. Except vote bank politics nothing interests them. SP and BSP are competing on who will have the most criminals,” he added.
Claiming the government was afraid of his growing clout, the Gujarat strongman said Information and Broadcasting ministry issued an advisory to TV channels, inquiring why his speech was shown along with PM's Independence Day speech.
“The UPA targeted TV channels not to safeguard PM's integrity, but because they again showed me instead of shahzada last week,” Modi said. He has been referring to Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi as “shahzada” and Congress-led UPA as “Delhi Sultanate”, an allusion to medieval Muslims sultans who ruled the country.