Seeking to capitalise on the anti-incumbency mood in Jammu and Kashmir, BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Wednesday sought 60 months of governance to undo the "damage" caused by Congress in the last 60 years.
"They (Congress and their allies) have destroyed the country for the past 60 years and I have come to you to give me 60 months so that I can bring the country out of the damage and destruction caused by Congress," he said at a public rally here on Wednesday.
Modi said he sought this time not to merely sit on the chair of power, but to become a "chowkidar" or guardian of the country.
"Country needs a chowkidar (guard) and please give me 60 months. For 60 years you have chosen the rulers. I want to urge you to choose a sevak (servant) for 60 months. Do you want a ruler or a servant? Please get rid of this country from these rulers," Modi said.
Harping on development, Modi said his policy plans, ideology and work revolved around development as nothing could be done without it.
Taking a dig at Rahul Gandhi for terming Congress as an ideology, he said" "But Congress has fallen into a deep rethinking on how to contain Modi. I want to tell Shehzada that country has been destroyed due to your ideology. It does not have the strength to bear the burden of your ideology."
"Is Congress an ideology? Has J&K emerged from ideology of Nehru? Has it done any good done to the state?
Had Sardar Patel's ideology been implemented it would have benefited Kashmir. It is the country which has to decide and move ahead.
"Was the ideology of Shyama Prasad Mukherjee correct or that of Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah," Modi asked.