Shri Narendra Modi continued his campaign across Rajasthan, addressing four public meetings across the state. Shri Modi’s first rally was held in Khetri and this was followed by rallies in Sri Ganganagar, Pilibanga and a rally in Bikaner in the evening. Asking the people to support the BJP and make Smt. Vasundhara Raje ji the Chief Minister, Shri Modi said that there would be unprecedented development across Rajasthan if Ms. Raje becomes the Chief Minister and the BJP comes to power in the state. He called for uprooting the Congress in every part of Rajasthan and sought the support of the people to make BJP victorious not merely in every seat but in every polling booth across Rajasthan.
Shri Narendra Modi launched a scathing attack on the poor performance of the Congress Government in Rajasthan under Shri Ashok Gehlot. He said that ideal development is one where all three sectors (agriculture, manufacturing and services sector) are growing equally and contributing to the growth of the state but the picture in Rajasthan was one of complete lack of development. He went to say that under Smt. Raje’s tenure agriculture was growing above the national average but under the Congress government that has gone down. Similarly, Rajasthan that was growing at 9% under Smt. Raje is now growing at 4.9% and the services sector, notably tourism is suffering badly under the present government. Shri Modi recalled that both Shri Bhairon Singh Shekhawat and Smt. Vasundhara Raje worked tirelessly to promote tourism but tourism arrival in Rajasthan has shrunk after the Gehlot Government came to power. “Rajasthan has done nothing for these sectors. Do you want such a Government again?” Shri Modi asked.
Referring to the Rajasthan Government, Shri Modi said that a Government that cannot be trusted by anyone does not deserve to be elected to serve the people. Elaborating further, Shri Modi pointed that both the Supreme Court and the Rajasthan High Court have rebuked the Rajasthan Government and even the State Governor, who had a long association with the Congress expressed her displeasure with the State Government. “Not only that, the Chief Minister’s own party leaders do not trust his Government’s working. When there was violence in Bharatpur, the Shahzada came without telling everyone, except the media of course and sat on a motorcycle. And we all know with whom did he sit on the motorcycle. More than the CM he preferred to sit with such people…he prefers to go with history sheeters but not with his own Government! How can my sisters and brothers of Rajasthan trust a Government that is trusted by no one?”
Giving a fitting response to Shri Ashok Gehlot who has ridiculed the Gujarat model time and again Shri Modi said, “Bhagwan bachae, agar yeh Rajasthan model phir se laagu ho jaye,” (God save us if this Rajasthan model is implemented once again). He invited Shri Ashok Gehlot to visit Gujarat after 8th December to see the progress of Kutch district, which has desert but is now exporting mangoes. “Things can be done but the Congress does not believe in development,” opined Shri Modi. Shri Modi asked why the people of Rajasthan are not getting clean water and affirmed that the Gujarat government took several steps to ensure that over 9000 villages and Jawans on the India-Pakistan border get clean drinking water. Similarly, Shri Modi pointed that a war memorial has been built in Kutch but asked Shri Gehlot if he has built a war memorial for the brave patriots who hail from Rajasthan and have sacrificed their lives for the nation.
In his speeches Shri Modi paid rich tributes to former Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, crediting him for the Nuclear Tests in Pokhran and showing India’s might to the world. Elaborating further Shri Modi said, “Atal ji conducted Nuclear Tests. When we tested for the 1st time the world was shocked and sanctions were imposed on us. A weak PM would have shivered and felt scared but not Atal ji and the BJP. Atal ji ne kaha tumhare pratibandh ki aisi ki taisi aur do din baad phir test kiye! Duniya ko pata chala yeh doosri mitti ke log hain. And despite the sanctions, Atal ji did not let the value of the Rupee fall. The economy was strong but see what is happening under an economist Prime Minister.”
In Khetri, Shri Modi visited the place where Swami Vivekananda stayed. He shared that Khetri holds a very important place in Swami Vivekananda’s life as it was here that he came as Narendra but went as Vivekananda. Shri Modi spoke of the plight of the copper industry and took on the centre for the weak economic situation. Shri Modi asked the Congress with what face and on what basis are they asking for the people to vote for them and if they have done anything good for Rajasthan!”
Large number of people attended the rallies in large numbers. Local BJP leaders welcomed Shri Modi on the various occasions.