Ahead of two days for second phase Lok Sabha election in Chhattisgarh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a poll rally there in Korba and Bhatapara.
A state BJP spokesperson said,
“The PM will first address a public meeting in Korba district headquarter at around 11 am and the next one in Bhatapara town of Balodabazar-Bhatapara district at around 1:30 pm.”
Korba rally was also attended by BJP candidates Jyotinand Dubey from Korba Lok Sabha constituency, Gomtee Sai from Raigarh (ST) constituency, and Renuka Singh from Surguja (ST) seat. And, BJP’s Raipur nominee Sunil Soni, Janjgir-Champa (SC) contestant Guharam Ajgale and Bilaspur candidate Arun Sao attended the Bhatapara rally.
While addressing the crowd, PM Modi said that the strength of “one vote” had enabled the air strike as well as the surgical strike in Pakistan. He said this when already opposition parties claimed that PM is “misusing” the armed forces for electoral gain.
Last week, the Election Commission sought a report from poll officials after Modi’s rally in Latur Maharashtra, where he requested first-time voters to dedicate their vote to those who carried out the air strike at POK.
As last month EC advisory issued a proforma, asking parties to desist from indulging in political propaganda involving actions of the armed forces, in that context, this issue report was sought.
Later, he again pointed out that today’s India carries out air and surgical strikes across the border and also shoots down a satellite in space but, this became possible by the “one vote” of the people.
Further, in the discussion, PM Modi took a jibe at Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi and said that it was the mindset of the “sultanate” of the ‘Naamdar‘ to abuse the deprived and treat them as slaves.
And, this point of Modi came a day after Gandhi made the “how come all Modis are thieves” statement.
Addressing a rally in Maharashtra on Monday, Gandhi had said,
“I have a question. Why all the thieves have Modi in their names whether be it Nirav Modi, Lalit Modi and Narendra Modi? We don’t know how many more such Modis will come out.”
In response to that, PM Modi accused Gandhi’s comment as frustration amongst the Congress and its “Mahamilvati” collaborators made by the “BJP wave” being witnessed across the country.
PM Modi said,
“The Congress and its Mahamilavati allies are unable to sleep during night. Now they are abusing me in frustration, are insulting me. The voters of India are seeing this”
“These people are crossing limits daily. According to them, anyone whose name is Modi is a thief. What kind of politics is this? They have labeled a whole community as thieves only to get some applause, just to insult your ‘chowkidar’.”
He continued saying,
“It is naamdar’s sultanate mindset which sneers at the exploited, deprived and treats them as slaves.”
Later PM Modi said that the Congress party labeled honest tax-payers as selfish. He added that the naamdars are itself backed with numerous cases of income tax theft of crores of rupees.
Without mentioning the National Herald case, Modi said,
“They are having fun after committing scam following land allotment to bring out a newspaper…they are out on bail.”
Further, in a veiled reference to the Bofors scam in which late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s name was dragged by the opposition, PM said,
“They seek commission in deals relating to national security.”
Total seven seats will go to polls in the second phase on April 18 such as Raipur, Korba, Janjgir-Champa, Surguja, Bilaspur, Raigarh, and Durg.