PM Modi campaigns in Chhattisgarh’s Janjgir-Champa and Mahasamund

Published By : Admin | April 23, 2024 | 14:45 IST
Our country has come a long way in the last 10 years, but a lot of work still remains: PM Modi in Janjgir-Champa
For 60 years, the Congress chanted the slogan of ‘Garibi Hatao’ in the country and kept filling the coffers of its leaders: PM Modi
The Congress never wants to increase the participation of Dalits, backward classes, and tribal people: PM Modi in Janjgir-Champa
The mind of the country speaks to make a powerful developed India and a strong govt has to be formed, hence the public has trust only on BJP: PM
You have given me a chance and you have seen that I have been serving you without taking any leave: PM Modi in Mahasamund

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed two mega rallies today in Janjgir-Champa and Mahasamund, Chhattisgarh. Beginning his speech, PM Modi said, "I have come to seek your abundant blessings. Our country has made significant progress in the last 10 years, but there is still much work to be done. The previous government in Chhattisgarh did not allow my work to progress here, but now that Vishnu Deo Sai is here, I must complete that work as well.”

Taking blessings from revered Acharya Mehttar Ram Ji Ramnami and Mata Set Bai Ramnami, PM Modi said, “It is said that the ancestors of the Ramnami community predicted over a century ago when the consecration of the Ram Temple would take place. The work that the BJP has done fulfils the hope of the temple in Ayodhya, which the country had left behind.”

Hitting out at the Congress for its appeasement politics, PM Modi stated, “Appeasement is in the DNA of the Congress. If for appeasement, Congress has to snatch the rights of Dalits, backward classes, and indigenous people, it won't hesitate for a second. Whereas, the BJP is a party that follows the mantra of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’. Our priority is the welfare of the poor, youth, women, and farmers. For 60 years, the Congress chanted the slogan of ‘Garibi Hatao’ in the country and kept filling the coffers of its leaders. But we have lifted 25 crore people out of poverty in the last 10 years.”

PM Modi also spoke about the farmers’ welfare in detail, he said, “The BJP government is committed to enhancing the participation of our mothers and sisters in agriculture manifold. Modern technologies like drones reduce the cost of farming. And when the drone revolution arrives, it will be led by our sisters. Under the "NaMo Drone Didi Yojana," sisters are first being trained as drone pilots, and then the government is providing drones. There is much discussion nationwide about Chhattisgarh's Mahtari Vandana Yojana. Here, millions of sisters are receiving direct assistance every month.”

PM Modi went on to say, “Before 2014, for nearly 60 years, only one family of the Congress directly or indirectly ran the government. The Congress never wants to increase the participation of Dalits, backward classes, and tribal people. In 2014, you entrusted Modi, who came from among you, with such a big responsibility. The BJP made a son of a Dalit family the President of the country. The Congress opposed it. The BJP decided to give the country its first tribal woman President. But the Congress vehemently opposed it.”

Slamming the Congress for their divisive politics, PM Modi said, "The Congress has now started another big game. First, a Congress MP from Karnataka said that they would declare South India a separate country. Now, the Congress candidate from Goa is saying that the Indian Constitution does not apply to Goa. They are clearly stating that the Indian Constitution was imposed on Goa, and they have conveyed these things to the Congress Shehzaada. Today, they are rejecting the Constitution in Goa, tomorrow they will do the same in the entire country."

Highlighting the work done for the backward community, PM Modi stated, “We are providing financial assistance to artisans and craftsmen under Vishwakarma Yojana. For the most marginalized tribes of Chhattisgarh, we have also created the PM Janman Yojana. Earlier, Congress people used to abuse the entire Modi community, the Sahu community; now they talk about breaking Modi's head. The BJP has given constitutional status to the OBC Commission... provided reservation in medical education. So that the children of the poor can also become doctors and engineers, I have started the study of medicine and engineering in the local language. But here, a Congress leader says Modi should die.”

Speaking in the second rally in Chhattisgarh’s Mahasamund, PM Modi said, “Voting for Bastar seat was held in our Chhattisgarh on 19th April. Voting was also held in other states of the country and the first phase of voting has made things clear. The mind of the country speaks to make a powerful developed India and a strong government has to be formed, hence the public has trust only on BJP..."

Talking about the ongoing tussle between members of the INDI Alliance, PM Modi asserted, "There is a fight going on within the INDI Alliance. Two days ago, there was a rally of INDI Alliance in Jharkhand, where heads were broken and clothes were torn in public. When INDI Alliance had their first rally, there were so many people holding each other's hands on the stage. And now in their last rally, it could be seen that almost half of the people have left them. In Delhi, where the royal family of Congress lives, the vote of the royal family will not go to Congress and they ask you to vote for them. Because where the royal family lives, there is no Congress candidate."

PM Modi lashed out against the callousness of the opposition towards the country's security and remarked, "Wherever Congress ruled, development derailed. Congress and development don't go hand in hand. Instead, violence and corruption peaked. In the North East, Congress couldn't stop the violence. In Chhattisgarh, Naxalism flourished under Congress. Why? Corruption. To hide its corruption, Congress fueled violence. While people suffered, Congress filled its coffers. Under the BJP, corruption and Naxalism are under control. Naxalism is rapidly decreasing in Chhattisgarh. I guarantee to eliminate Naxalism in Chhattisgarh."

“I am tirelessly working day and night to fulfil your dreams, but Congress turns a blind eye to real issues. What does Congress focus on? Threatening violence against Modi. Disrespecting my late mother. Proudly demeaning the Modi and Sahu communities. No parent wishes for their children to remain in poverty. Yet, under Congress's rule, poverty persisted. Decades of Congress governance left a large population backwards, deprived, and exploited. Congress denied constitutional status to the OBC Commission and neglected OBC reservation in medical exams," the PM added in a sorry state of affairs.

Prime Minister Modi urged voters to exercise their franchise in record numbers in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. He said, “Your vote for the BJP-NDA will build a developed India. Therefore, you must make the lotus bloom at every booth. Will you make the lotus bloom? You have to go door-to-door and say, Modi ji has said Jai Johar, has greeted with Ram-Ram."

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PM Modi's interview to News X
May 21, 2024

In an interview to News X, Prime Minister Modi addressed the issue of toxic language in elections, explained why the Opposition frequently discussed him, and shared his views on job creation. He criticized the Congress' tax plans and appeasement politics.

Rishabh Gulati: A very warm welcome to the viewers of NewsX and India News. I’m Rishabh Gulati and with me is Aishwarya Sharma of The Sunday Guardian and Rana Yashwant. In today’s special episode, we proudly welcome a renowned ‘rashtra sevak’, and the Prime Minister of India in this Amrit Kaal, Hon’ble Shri Narendra Modi. Mr Prime Minister, you took the time to speak to us, we are very grateful.

Prime Minister: Namaskar, my warm greetings to all your viewers.

 

Rishabh Gulati: Mr Prime Minister, the first question that comes to mind is about the Opposition, and it seems that the biggest item on their poll agenda is Narendra Modi. Why, in your opinion, do they talk so much about Narendra Modi?

Prime Minister: To understand why they discuss Narendra Modi, we must first understand the Opposition. To understand them, one can examine the administration between 2004 and 2014.

The Opposition has not been able to play a strong role. Even as the Opposition, the way they are falling apart, they did not play a constructive role of any kind. Despite deep discussions, they haven’t been able to bring serious issues to the public attention. They thought that by their antics, taking up space in the media, they would be able to keep their boat afloat. Even in this election, I have seen that they make fresh attempts every day to acquire media space, be it by making videos, nonsensical statements, or behaving in a way that people don’t normally behave. So they do this to acquire space in the media. Now abusing Modi is one such antic, where, if nothing else, they are guaranteed publicity. Even a small-time politician, if he bad-mouths me, will get about an hour of media attention. Perhaps they see Modi as a ladder to climb up in their political career.

 

Aishwarya Sharma: Mr Prime Minister, the I.N.D.I. alliance is talking about wealth redistribution. Do you think this is possible, and will the voters of the country be influenced by such a scheme?

Prime Minister: You can’t examine this in isolation. You must look at their overall thought process. When their (Congress) manifesto was released, I had said the manifesto had the imprint of the Muslim League. There was a statement made by Dr Manmohan Singh… I had attended the meeting in which he said that ‘Muslims have the first right to India’s resources.’ Now when I raised this in public, their media ecosystem raised a storm saying that ‘Modi is lying,’. So two days later, I brought Manmohan Singh’s press conference forward and put it in front of them. Then they stopped talking. So this was one example. Now in their Manifesto, they have said that they will give reservation (to Muslims) even when allotting government contracts.

So today, when a bridge is to be built somewhere, what is the criteria for awarding the contract? The company bidding is evaluated based on how resourceful they are, their experience, their capability, their ability to deliver on time, all these things. Now they say that they want to give reservations to the minorities, to the Muslims, in this process as well. It all adds up. Now when they say that they will impose inheritance tax, it means that taxes that go to the government, who will stand to benefit from it? It’s the same people that Manmohan Singh ji talked about. If you join the dots, this is the logic that comes from it. How will the country accept this? Secondly, has any developing country in the world indulged in such madness? Today, India needs to work hard to rise above its problems. We have made this attempt and pulled 25 crore people out of poverty. Where there used to be a few hundred start-ups, there are now over 1.25 lakh start-ups, and there are Unicorns. You must go among the people and work with energy, and that will bring the right result.

 

Rana Yashwant: Mr Prime Minister, the Ram Mandir has been built in Ayodhya, the consecration of Ram Lalla took place and there was joy among the people. In all this, there is Iqbal Ansari, who has fought the legal battle, and is an important person. He comes, holding a placard that says ‘Modi ka Parivaar’. Today, the minority community identifies with your policies and welfare schemes. Your opinion?

Prime Minister: Since you’ve brought up Ram Mandir and Iqbal Ansari, I will narrate an incident. Ram Mandir should have been built right after Independence. In all these years, it wasn’t built because they (Congress) felt it would affect their vote bank. Attempts were made in the Courts till the very end to stop it. It is a fact that Congress hindered the building of the Ram Mandir. Despite this, when the Supreme Court judgment came through, the Court constituted a trust, and the trust members, let go of all past differences and went to invite the Congress Party members to the consecration ceremony. They rejected the invitation. The same people went to invite Iqbal Ansari. The ironic thing is, that Iqbal Ansari, who fought the Babri Masjid case his entire life, respected the Supreme Court’s verdict and attended the ‘Shilanyas’ and the ‘Pran Prathistha’ ceremony as well. This is what I think, as far as Iqbal Ansari is concerned.

Now if you want to talk about secularism, it is my very serious allegation, that for over 75 years, through a very well-crafted conspiracy, a false narrative has been fed to the nation. It has been embedded in the nation from before our birth. Sardar Patel was targeted by this narrative, and maybe, today it may be my turn, tomorrow someone else… Why do they cry out ‘secularism’ over and over again? It’s because they want to divert the world’s attention from their communal activities.

They cry ‘thief’ over and over when they have defrauded the people, and they do this because they think crying ‘thief’ will divert the public’s attention. This is their ploy. I have called them out in front of everyone, that they are the ones who are communal. India’s constitution does not allow you to indulge in such sectarian acts, and I have brought out several such examples, like I mentioned earlier that they called the Muslims the rightful inheritors of India’s wealth. I am exposing them. They (Congress) hide behind their politics of appeasement and instead accuse me of being communal. I am talking about those communal parties that wear the ‘nikab’ of secularism and indulge in hardcore communalism. I find three things common among these people. They are hardcore sectarians, they are extremely casteist, and they are hardcore dynasts. They are so full of these three things that they can’t come out of it.

 

Rishabh Gulati: Mr Prime Minister, you have spoken about lifting 25 crore people out of poverty. 80 crore poor people are receiving ration – it is necessary now and will be so in the future as well. What do you have to say about how crucial it will be in the future?

Prime Minister: When Manmohan Singh ji was the Prime Minister, news was rife with reports of food grains getting spoilt. So, the Supreme Court asked the government as to why the grains were not being distributed among the poor. Manmohan Singh ji, who was the Prime Minister then, stated on record that they could not distribute the grains and that it was impossible to do it. That is the consequence of his thinking. I faced the same issue, especially during COVID-19. My first goal was to ensure that a stove should be lit in every poor household. So, I started working on it. I have stated this for the next five years as well because in the lives of those who come out of poverty…

For example, one returns home from the hospital. The treatment has been done but precaution is necessary. A doctor advises you to take rest for a particular duration after returning home, tells you what to eat and what to refrain from consuming, and what to take care of. Why? The illness has already been addressed, but if anything is jeopardized then the condition of the person would return to what it was. That is why poor people who escape poverty need handholding. They should not return to that state in any condition. Once they escape poverty, they should be empowered to stand strong. In my understanding, in the next five years, those who have escaped poverty should be able to firmly stand on their feet. Any unfortunate incident in their family, should not push them to poverty again. And only then will the country eradicate poverty.

 

Aishwarya Sharma: Mr Prime Minister, our country is the youngest country. Under your tenure, 10 lakh government jobs have been filled. Now, the Opposition has vowed to fill 30 lakh government jobs. In your third term, how do you plan to boost employment opportunities for the youth?

Prime Minister: You must have read the SKOCH report that was released. I hope your TV channel studies the SKOCH report in detail and conducts a TV debate on this. They have analysed some 20 to 22 schemes of the government. They have published statistics about how many person-year-hours have been obtained. They have revealed how many hours it takes to build 4 crore houses and how many people it employs. They have published data for about 22 different parameters.

They have stated that 50 crore people have accrued benefits. Secondly, we brought the Mudra Yojana. We give bank loans without any guarantee. We have disbursed loans worth Rs 23 Lakh Crore. 80% of those who have received these loans are first-timers. Some have started their businesses and have employed a few people in this process. Start-ups used to be in the thousands and now they are in lakhs. People have been employed in this process, right? Consider that a 1000-kilometre road is being built and think about how many jobs are created. So, if a 2000-kilometre road is being built more people will be employed, right? Today, road and rail construction has doubled, electrification has doubled, and mobile towers are reaching every corner of India. All this is being created by people who have received jobs. That is why a lie is being peddled.

 What’s important is that we must move towards creating jobs for ourselves. The youth in this country are in the mood to do something and be productive and we must help them. We must encourage them. Our Mudra Yojana does exactly that. We also run the SVANidhi scheme. There are countless street hawkers, who are poor people. But today, they are taking money from the bank to run their businesses. Due to this, they can save money and expand their business. Earlier, a street hawker would sit on the footpath and now his goal is to buy a lorry. One who would owned a lorry earlier now wishes to provide home delivery services. Their aspirations are rising. This is why I believe that while people receive the benefits of government schemes, which will eventually result in development, we must also focus on several other areas.

 

Rana Yashwant: Prime Minister, your government works on the principle of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’. Beneficiaries avail welfare schemes without any discrimination – caste, religion, or community. Yet, the Opposition maintains that Muslims do not accrue the same benefits from these welfare schemes.

Prime Minister: You are the first person from whom I’ve heard this. The unique aspect of my government, in terms of delivering welfare schemes, has not raised any questions regarding discrimination.

 

Rana Yashwant: The Opposition has to say this.

Prime Minister: Even the Opposition does not say this. You are the first person from whom I’ve heard this. I have never heard this from anybody because everyone knows… and Muslims themselves say that they receive all benefits.

The primary reason is that I have two principles. First, 100% saturation. For example, if poor people must be given houses, complete delivery must take place. If 100% delivery is the goal, then where does the scope of discrimination even arise? Whether it is providing gas connections, building toilets, ensuring tap water connections, I believe in 100% delivery. Yes, some people will receive the benefits in January, some in April and some in November, but the scheme will apply to all and 100%. I believe that true secularism is when 100% delivery is done. Social justice is when 100% is done. So, if my mission is 100% saturation… and nobody has made this charge yet. They don’t have the courage to say it. I have lived in Gujarat as well, and on this topic, nobody can prop up any charges against me.

 

Rishabh Gulati: Mr Prime Minister, you have taken out time to sit with us and relay your ‘Mann Ki Baat’. Thank you so much. Best of luck for the polls ahead.

Prime Minister: I thank you all. I have been campaigning day and night…

 

Rana Yashwant: You are constantly on the move. We see you morning until night on the run…

Rishabh Gulati: Today, you had a big rally at 8 in the morning.

Prime Minister: I started my day at 6 am and went to Jagannath Puri temple to offer my prayers. Since then I have been traveling and have at last got time to meet you.

 

Rana Yashwant: Where ever you go, Jagannath or Kashi, there is a sea of people that comes to greet you. You have experienced it yourself.

Prime Minister: I realise that my responsibilities are now increasing. I also see that the public has taken ownership of elections. Political parties are not fighting the elections. The public has taken ownership of this election. And the results will be as desired by the public.

Thank you!