Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha and BJP's candidate for the Lok Sabha polls from Amritsar, Arun Jaitley on Friday kicked off his election campaign in Attari, launching a scathing attack on UPA government on issues of corruption and governance.
Addressing an election rally at Attari near the Indo-Pak border, Jaitley, who is BJP-SAD alliance candidate from Amritsar, said, "UPA government is a government of multi scams and full of corruption...It failed to give good governance as it failed to tackle inflation, unemployment and strengthen national security."
He said several scams including coal, 2G spectrum and chopper deal took place during the UPA government.
Jaitley said if his party was voted to power it would address the problems faced by farmers living on the border, besides considering their hardships at the time of cultivation of crops beyond the barbed wire fence on Indo-Pak border.
The BJP leader said if the NDA got absolute majority, it would form the government at the Centre under the leadership of its prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi.
"Modi has the ability to lead the nation and to provide good governance... Modi has the vision due to his several years' track record in Gujarat where he had brought revolution in industry and agriculture sectors," he said, adding, "Modi could give a new direction to the country".
Jaitley claimed that Congress had almost accepted its defeat and many of its senior leaders including Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram were shy of even contesting the elections this time.
He said the Congress vice president (Rahul Gandhi) first refused to be the party's prime ministerial candidate knowing well what was in store for him.
On the Aam Aadmi Party, he said it was launched recently and it has right to field its candidates from anywhere but how much votes they get in the elections would be decided by the electorate.
"Today it is a nice privilege for me to have the glimpse of the people and to have first-hand experience of problems being faced by residents of border villages," he told the rally.
He thanked Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal for strongly recommending his name for the Amritsar constituency.
BJP has replaced its three-time MP from Amritsar Navjot Singh Sidhu and fielded Jaitley.
Addressing the rally, Badal appealed to the people to vote for Jaitley, since "it is the right time to bring BJP in power for larger interest of the nation as well as the people living in border villages".
He said Jaitley was the right person to take up farmers' plight on the floor of Parliament as well as before the government.
The Amritsar Lok Sabha constituency goes to polls on April 30, along with 12 other seats of Punjab. The filing of nomination papers is to commence on April 2 and end on April 9. After scrutiny on the following day, withdrawals would be allowed till April 12 when the final picture of contestants for the 13 Lok Sabha seats would emerge.
At present Congress has eight MPs from Punjab, SAD four and its ally BJP one.