In his first rally after getting a clean chit from a Gujarat court in a 2002 riots case, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime minister nominee Narendra Modi on Sunday sought to re-energise his party cadres by exhibiting new-found confidence and changed his campaign tactics by focusing more on local issues.
Modi said at a rally in Jharkhand capital Ranchi that instead of taking responsibility for the things which went wrong under the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) rule in the last ten years, party vice-president Rahul Gandhi, who had begun to voice dissent on a number of issues, was playing the role of an “akashvani” (an angelic voice in the sky).
“In ancient times, people heard akashvani that came as if they (voices) were not concerned about the happenings around....Today, there is akashvani that CMs will do this, CMs will do that."
Gandhi, at a meeting with chief ministers of Congress-ruled states on Friday, had asked them to check prices. He had also disapproved the Maharashtra government’s rejection of the probe report on the Adarsh housing scam.
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Although Modi did not name Gandhi, he referred several times to an “akashvani” that was running away from “responsibility” and hiding from the mess of corruption, inflation, unemployment, industrial crisis and growing poverty due to UPA’s wrong policies.
“Such people are seeking to appear now, as if they are part of the solution. Those who created this mess and betrayed the people can never solve it because they lack conviction or resolve.”
Modi did not touch upon the Gujarat verdict, but said the people were tired of caste-ism and communalism played by political parties and looked forward to a decent form of governance that would fulfil their basic aspirations.
BJP president Rajnath Singh, however, paid compliments to the Gujarat chief minister for having come out victoriously from “attempts” to enmesh him in 2002 riots cases.
“You (the Congress) may hatch many new conspiracies like snooping and by ordering an inquiry... but nothing will come out of it. Modi will come out clear and take over the reins of this country like Ram did after 14 years of exile.”
The Union cabinet has formed an inquiry commission to probe allegations of snooping on a woman allegedly carried out at the behest of former Gujarat home minister Amit Shah, a Modi aide.
Singh added “the BJP must get enough seats and Jharkhand must deliver all 14 seats” to make the people’s wishes to see Modi as the future PM come true. “Don’t even look at our candidates. Just look at Modi and see what he can do and vote BJP,” he said.
Focusing on BJP’s target to win all the seats in Jharkhand, eight of which are held by the party now, Modi too said the state, which has seen political instability and corruption, had a bright future if its residents made the right choice in 2014.
“They (political opponents) ask me what my vision for the country is. My answer is that solution for Jharkhand lies not in the way you have turned it into a quagmire of poverty,” Modi said.
(With PTI inputs)