Terming Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal as a karmath (hard-working) chief minister, BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi spoke of industrial development based on skill, scale and speed at his rally here on Friday. Even as he arrived at the venue at 4:35 pm, almost three hours behind schedule, the gathering still raised slogans.
Attired in grey kurta pyjama, Modi greeted people with the traditional greeting ‘Waheguru ji ka Khalsa’.
Promising an industrial package and policy for Punjab, if elected to power, Modi said, “If we have to compete with countries like China, cities like Ludhiana should be promoted. The city has the potential to become the pride of the country at the global stage.”
Modi referred to the perfect products manufactured by Japanese stating that the Ludhiana will enjoy a similar status with its ‘zero-defect product manufacturing’, the slogan of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) for the industry.
Referring to the ‘Gujarati Community’ living and working in Ludhiana, Modi said that during his stay in Punjab, he had shared meals with Gujarati families in Ludhiana on number of occasions.
A large number of factory workers attending the rally see med receptive to Modi’s promise of promoting small scale industry in the country and in the state and welcomed it with cheers.
He also promised that banking formalities would be minimised, which he said were a big hindrance
endorsing the name of Ludhiana Lok Sabha candidate SAD-BJP Manpreet Singh Ayali, Modi, said, “I know Ayali well and he is one of the most hardworking young leader with has an eye for development.”
Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal said, “Modi saab hor kisey da kiha tan mor sakde han, par mainu na nahin keh sakde, theek usey tarah jiwein ki Vajpayee ji ne hamesha sanu maan ditta si,” (Modi can say no to anyone but me, just like for mer PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee).