Not many can deter Prime Minister Narendra Modi from taking part in rallies but nature played spoilsport.
Not many can deter Prime Minister Narendra Modi from taking part in rallies but nature played spoilsport. On Sunday PM Modi’s helicopter could not land in Bahraich district where he was scheduled to address the BJP’s Parivartan Sabha due to foggy and cloudy weather. PM Modi, who always emphasised on the use of technology like mobile phones, addressed the gathering by phone. PM Modi told the rally that he was able to connect to them by phone where even a “powerful” helicopter had been thwarted by the weather. The speech was, however, disrupted by poor audio quality, and he was inaudible on several occasions. Prime Minister Modi has time to time pitched for technological solutions to the daily life problems. In the past too, he had underlined that technology has converted citizens to netizens, and traditional boundaries are being obliterated. PM Modi has appealed to the masses to start using mobile banking in the wake of the demonetisation of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes. PM Modi was scheduled to reach the rally ground at 1.55 pm. He arrived around 2.20 pm, but his chopper was forced to fly back to Lucknow after hovering above the venue for nearly 20 minutes. Addressing the crowd from the airport, Modi said, “I thank all those who joined the Bahraich rally in this weather and regret my inability to be with the people.” Advanced technology had made it possible to track the transfer of money, and those trying to work around the law would certainly get trapped in one to four months, he said.
During his speech, the PM again targeted the opposition parties — saying those who had been rejected by the people were stalling Parliament. “We are ready for a debate (on demonetisation), but the government is not being allowed to present its point of view by those who have been discarded by electorate,” he said. “We are asking for a discussion and they are creating hurdles in the proceedings of the House,” the PM said, adding that opposition members had entered the well and thrown papers at the Speaker.
The nation, he said, was bearing pain and hardship while moving on the path of honesty — “I am hopeful that the country will move forward on the path of honesty.” PM Modi also mocked Samajwadi Party and BSP for speaking in the same language on the Centre’s fight against black money and corruption. “I am not able to understand what hardships the SP and BSP have faced due to the fight against black money. The public understands it,” he said. He also said that UP was facing “goonda raj”, and that if the state has to progress, it must be freed from the clutches of hooligans. “BJP will fulfill your dreams,” he said, speaking about the NDA government’s pro-poor and anti-corruption measures, and its commitment to making UP free of poverty and goondaism.
Following reports of the recovery of cash in new currency notes during Income-Tax raids across the country, PM Modi on Sunday told the rally that his government was continuously going after corrupt people, all of whom would soon face the law.