Campaigning 25km from the Pakistan border, Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Friday vowed to save Punjab’s youth from cross-border narco-terrorism once the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) assumed power.
Reaching Amritsar to back BJP candidate Arun Jaitley, who is facing Congress’ Capt Amarinder Singh, Modi took on Pakistan, saying: “When it got beaten in war, it resorted to terrorism, and when we fought that strongly, it now uses narco-terrorism against the youth of my country.”
“I promise the mothers and sisters of Punjab that once the NDA government is formed, it will relook into all issues relating to the international border. The way drugs are coming in from across the border, it seems security agencies are lax. Pakistan has pushed in even fake currency to destabilise Indian economy,” said Modi.
Projecting Jaitley as a gamechanger, he gave him credit for the success of the Gujarat development model. Amid praises showered upon Arun Jaitley by the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), his ally in Punjab, Modi also termed him his “close friend”.
Making a vote appeal f or Jaitley, Modi said: “If today the world talks about the Gujarat development model, it’s all credit to Jaitley, who being a Rajya Sabha member from Gujarat played a key role in its growth.”
Saying that Jaitley could bring the same “economic revolution” to Amritsar as well, the BJP leader said: “His vision can take the development journey of Amritsar, Punjab and India even further.
Amritsar, which is on the border, can be a big trading centre with reach up to Central Asia. Vote him to power so that I also get a visionary colleague in the government.”
‘FIVE T’ PLAN
Modi proposed a “Five T” plan for Amritsar, for a boom in trade, tradition, talent, technology and tourism. He took a dig at the UPA regime, saying: “This government of the mother-son (Sonia-Rahul) duo has brought the country into disarray.”
Addressing the gathering, Jaitley said: “I have a dream for this city. I am lucky that being a Punjabi, I got a chance to contest from this place of the Gurus.
I want give it worldclass infrastructure: roads, flyovers, cleanliness , trading centre and much more. I want Modiji to give it all to Amritsar once our government is formed.”
Jaitley also promised to fight the drug menace. Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal urged Modi to form a special committee to look into all issues of border residents.