‘Sultanate mentality’: PM Modi targets Rahul Gandhi over chowkidar campaignUpdated: Apr 16, 2019 16:09 IST
Hindustan Times, Bhatapara, Chhattisgarh
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing an election rally in Chhattisgarh’s Bhatapara on Tuesday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday launched a counter-attack on Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s campaign against him with “chowkidar chor hai” (watchman is a thief) slogan. PM Modi hit out at Gandhi saying that he abuses him for “challenging the dynasty”.
PM Modi, who was addressing an election rally in Bhatapara in Chhattisgarh, said “They are saying whoever has a Modi surname is a thief. What kind of politics? They have branded an entire community as thief, just for claps and just to insult your chowkidar. This is the sultanate mentality which sees every downtrodden person as slave.”
“Today the naamdar (a reference used by PM Modi for Gandhi) has abused me, tomorrow he will abuse tribal people. They already make fun of my tribal attires. Whosoever challenges their dynasty, they hurl abuses at him,” the prime minister said.
This came in reference to Gandhi’s campaign against PM Modi over Rafale deal. Gandhi has alleged malfeasance in the Rafale deal with France for the purchase of 36 fighter jets for the Indian Air Force. The Congress president has alleged that PM Modi scrapped the Rafale deal being negotiated by the previous UPA regime in order to benefit “his industrialist friend Anil Ambani”, whose firm, Reliance Defence is an offset partner of the Dassault Aviation, the supplier of the fighter jets.
The government has denied any wrongdoing in the Rafale deal but the Congress has led an aggressive campaign over the issue. In his comeback, PM Modi alleged that the Congress leaders “took cuts” in defence deals in the past. He cited the Bofors scandal of 1980s and the VVIP chopper scam during the previous regime led by the Congress.
“Most of the members of the naamdar family are out on bail. Now they are started picking up chief ministers, who are out on a bail,” said PM Modi in Chhattisgarh, where the Congress routed the Bharatiya Janata Party in the assembly election last year. The BJP was in power in the state for three consecutive terms.
The prime minister claimed that there is a “strong wave in the favour of the BJP in the nation which is giving the Congress and its allies sleepless nights.” He said if the BJP-led government is voted to power, it will “speed up” the development projects and schemes aimed at the uplift of the poor.
First Published: Apr 16, 2019 16:09 IST