PM Narendra Modi on Monday said that Opposition is targeting him with false allegations in order to win Gujarat Assembly Elections 2017. He accused Congress of being partisan with interests of Gujarat. “They are coming to Gujarat and spreading lies about a son of Gujarat. Earlier they did that with Sardar Patel also. Gujarat will never accept this. No Gujarati will accept the lies that they are spreading,” Modi said. He said that these people lack “Neeti, Niyat, a Neta and a Naata with the people” (They lack policy, intent, leader and connection with people).
“There are some people who love spreading negativity and pessimism. My appeal to them is to stop doing that,” Modi said. He further accused Congress of not acknowledging the efforts of leaders hailing from Gujarat. “Does any Congress leader talk about Kamraj, Acharya Kripalani, Subhas Babu, UN Dhebar (who belonged to Gujarat)…no because they only talk about one family,” Modi said.
“How did the Congress treat Sardar Patel and Morarji Desai? That is for everyone to see. Which was the party that made the entire nation a prison during the Emergency? That also everyone knows,” he added.
The prime minister slammed Congress for ignoring Gujarat’s interest. “What if the Narmada waters had come to Kutch 30 years earlier? It would have made such a big difference in the lives of people here,” Modi said, adding the misgovernance of Congress adversely impacted Kutch.
Modi, who addressing a rally in Kutch, cited party’s development works for the region. “The development work in Kutch after the 2001 quake is for all to see. Who imagined that Kutch can do so well in agriculture. People from the nation are coming here to enjoy the Rann Utsav,” PM Modi said, adding that ports of Kutch are handling tremendous traffic and have become the getaways to India. Due to ports in Kutch, commerce is getting a boost, PM said.
The prime minister recalled the time when the Kutch region was hit by earthquake and he was appointed as chief minister by BJP top leadership. “After the Kutch earthquake Atal Ji asked me to go to Gujarat. On taking over, I spent considerable time in Kutch and learnt what administration is about. You can say that my training happened here in Kutch,” Modi said.