Shri Narendra Modi avowed of the BJP’s undivided focus on developing Seemandhra, during his rallies across Andhra Pradesh on 1st May, 2014. From making Seemandhra turn into ‘Swarnim Andhra’, to developing a ‘Skilled India’ that could scale new heights of progress, Shri Modi talked about many initiatives to be taken by the BJP towards ensuring the progress of India.
Addressing massive rallies at Madanapalle, Nellore, Guntur, Bhimavaram and Visakhapatnam, Shri Modi stated how the choice between making Seemandhra a ‘Swarnim Andhra’ or ‘Scam Andhra’ lay with the people of the State, and urged them to vote sensibly and wipe out the government (Congress) that had only ruined the State and the Nation. “Those who looted Andhra and those who had to be jailed by their own party, do we want to give Andhra in those hands,” asked Shri Modi to the crowd.
From the initiative of linking rivers (while recalling Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji’s dreams) to the setting up of warehouses and better transportation facilities for agricultural produce, Shri Modi spoke of promising initiatives that could give a boost to the agricultural sector of the State. “Give our farmers water and see the wonders they can do. Atalji wanted to link the Ganga & Cauvery. River linking will hep farmers here. We also need better cold storage and warehouse facilities for farmers. We can use railways and give priority to what the farmer produces as the produce may later get spoiled,” said Shri Modi. He also emphasized upon better branding and production facilities through value-addition techniques, so as to improve the quality of the produce and enable the farmer get better prices. He also shared his 5F formula – farm to fibre, fibre to fabric, fabric to fashion and fashion to foreign – for the betterment of the cotton producers in the State, apart from emphasizing on the scope for port-led development. “Atal ji dreamt of Sagar Maala. We have to fulfil that dream. We will focus of the development of ports and port cities,” said Shri Modi.
Shri Modi also shared the BJP’s focus on developing Seemandhra as one of the best ‘knowledge cities’ in the country. He spoke of how such initiatives would positively contribute in giving employment to many youth. “I assure those parents whose children work in Gulf and face problems that we will take care of these children of India. We will build 100 smart cities across India. Seemandhra needs a knowledge city that will help the people of the region,” said Shri Modi.
The Congress’ unruly politics was also exposed by Shri Modi who spoke of how they were neither accountable for their behaviour nor bothered to seek the people’s views. He mentioned how the states of Telangana and Seemandhra were formed, but without the consent of the people here. Shri Modi also spoke of how the date chosen (June 2) by the Mother-Son duo for the division of both states coincided with the foundation day of Italy. He also recalled past incidents when the Congress had insulted leaders from Andhra Pradesh, and spoke of how the Mother-Son duo had even insulted Shri P V Narasimha Rao – despite him being from the Congress - by not honouring him after his death. “Narasimha Rao's body was not even allowed to enter the Congress HQ after his death by the Mother-Son,” said Shri Modi. He further exposed the YSR party’s unabashed indulgence in corruption so as to support the corrupt practices of the Congress.
He expressed shock at how the rampant corruption in the present government had labelled the Nation as ‘Scam India’, and shared his vision of making it ‘Skilled India’ instead. This, Shri Modi said, could be achieved by ensuring skill development for the youth and providing them with jobs. “We need a Skilled India but Congress has created a Scam India in the last 10 years. We want to work on a big scale so we also want a Scaled India,” said Shri Modi.
A scathing attack on YSR Congress and its chief Jagan Mohan Reddy was also made by Shri Modi who stated how the YSR Congress Party was formed, not on the basis of any ideologies but because of the Party Chief’s greed to grab the Chief Minister’s chair. He urged the people not to support such parties who did not bother about people’s welfare.
Shri Modi recalled how Shri N T Rama Rao worshipped Lord Venketeswara before every good deed, and expressed happiness that he too could begin his campaigning in Seemandhra by worshipping the Lord.
He affirmed of the Congress’ wipe out in the 2014 Elections, and urged the people to vote for the BJP-TDP alliance in Andhra Pradesh so as to save the State from further ruin. “NTR has done so much for this region. Today his daughter (Daggubati Purandeswari) comes to you with a Lotus symbol, please support her. I have received tremendous affection from Seemandhra, and will never let your affection go in vain,” affirmed Shri Modi.
Senior BJP leader Shri
Venkaiah Naidu, Shri N. Chandrababu Naidu and Shri Pawan Kalyan also spoke at the rallies.