Modi sounds poll bugle in Rajasthan: At Ajmer rally, PM says ‘Congress indulging in vote bank politics, destroying country’

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New Delhi | Updated: October 6, 2018 2:36:19 PM

Modi in Ajmer: This is the first political rally of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Rajasthan, where Assembly polls will be held later this year.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched a stinging attack on the Congress party as he accused it of playing vote bank politics. Address an election rally in Ajmer of Rajasthan, he said that the BJP don’t indulge in such politics and believes in serving the people. This is the first political rally of the Prime Minister in Rajasthan, where Assembly polls will be held later this year.

“For 60 long years, the Congress practiced vote bank politics. This led to severe problems. Politics of development was never acceptable to Congress,” he said while addressing the BJP’s ‘Vijay Sankalp’ rally at Kayad Vishram Sthali near Ajmer-Jaipur highway.

“If a party doing vote bank politics, comes to power, it will divide the government officers according to their style of politics. It will give posts only to those who fit their vote bank politics,” the PM added.

“The BJP’s mantra of politics is sabka sath, sabka vikas,” he said. “In a healthy democracy, a strong opposition is needed. But, we have a set of people who not only failed in government for 60 long years, but also have failed as an opposition.”

Targeting the Congress over dynasty politics, Modi said that the BJP’s “high command is the 7.50 crore people of Rajasthan, but for Congress, its high command is one family”.

The rally is being organised here to mark the culmination of Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje’s ‘Rajasthan Gaurav Yatra’ that began in August. Earlier, Modi was received by CM Raje at the Jaipur airport. Modi accompanied by Raje, then left for Ajmer in a helicopter.

According to the BJP, around 3 lakh BJP workers have arrived in Ajmer to take part in the rally today. State BJP President Madan Lal Saini said that the PM will also visit the Brahma temple in Pushkar.

Meanwhile, elaborate security arrangements have been made by police and the local administration here in view of the Prime Minister’s visit.

The Bharatiya Janata Party had in the previous assembly elections won 163 of the 200 assembly seats. Elections in the state will be held later this year along with Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. The tenure of current Assembly expires on January 20, 2019.

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