Watch : Shri Narendra Modi addressing a Public Meeting in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
Shri Narendra Modi began his campaign in the poll bound state of Madhya Pradesh on Monday 18th November 2013 when he addressed a massive BJP rally is Chhatarpur (Chhatarpur district) and later spoke at a massive rally in Sagar (Sagar district). Thereafter Shri Modi addressed rallies in Guna (Guna district) and Bhopal, the state capital. Lauding the development work of the Madhya Pradesh government under the leadership of Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Shri Modi made a strong appeal to the voters to vote in large numbers and make the BJP emerge victorious in the state yet again. Shri Modi categorically stated that the BJP is seeking the vote of the people in the name of development.
Speaking in Bhopal, Shri Modi said that the time for votebank politics is over and what the nation needs is development politics. “We need Vikas, not Vibhajan,” affirmed the BJP’s PM candidate. He pointed that the Congress has destroyed the essence of our Ganatantra and made it a Ghartantra (family run) and he called for bidding goodbye to this political culture and making it a Gunatantra. Shri Modi brought out the rigid and partisan attitude of the Congress by giving the example of the Centre’s refusal to install gates on the Narmada Dam. He shared that due to this, Madhya Pradesh is being denied 800 MW of electricity it can otherwise get. Shri Modi challenged the Congress to first implement the false promises they are offering to the people in their own states.
Lauding the development of the Madhya Pradesh under Shri Chouhan, Shri Modi said, “BJP and Shivraj Singh Chouhan ji have developed Madhya Pradesh overcoming every possible obstacle including an unfriendly government in New Delhi.” He gave examples to illustrate the good work of Shri Chouhan, be it is increasing wheat production from 50 lakh tonnes during the Congress government to over 160 lakh tonnes at present, improving irrigation facilities and high rate of MP’s agriculture growth. Shri Modi shared that when the Bundelkhand package was given, Shivraj ji’s efforts to implement the package were lauded uniformly, including by the Prime Minister whereas in Uttar Pradesh no one knows what happened to the money. Shri Modi stated that the same Congress that seeks votes in the name of farmers presided over a regime in MP where farmers were charged exhorbitant rates of interest whereas under Shivraj ji, farmers do not have to pay any interest.
Watch : Shri Narendra Modi addressing a Public Meeting in Chhatarpur, Madhya Pradesh
Shri Modi affirmed that it is the onus of the democratically elected Government to go among the people and tell them what they have done. Praising Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Shri Modi said, “Political parties must go among the people and tell them what they have done. Delhi is not willing to answer what it did but I congratulate Shivraj ji and his entire team. He covered the state, went to villages and told the people what he did. He told the people what was the situation during Congress rule and what it is now, he told them where the state was earlier and where it is now.” He added that Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s Yatra received a wonderful response from the people of Madhya Pradesh and said that right from the very beginning, Shivraj ji has devoted every moment of his time to the people.
Taking on the Congress party for their inability to answer the people on what they have done for Madhya Pradesh, Shri Modi pointed that the Congress does not want MP to development because it fears that if MP develops the credit would go to the BJP and they would never win in the state. He affirmed that the Congress lacks the courage to speak about issues of development. Exposing the doublespeak of the Congress Shri Modi declared, “Congress leaders go to villages and make speeches- why were schools not built, why were hospitals not built. I ask them, you ruled in Madhya Pradesh for 50 years. Did you build schools that Shivraj ji demolished? Did you build hospitals that Shivraj ji has locked? You did not do anything!” He accused the Centre of ignoring the roads of Madhya Pradesh, which can affect the state’s efforts to present itself as an attractive tourist destination.
He described the former MP Chief Minister and Congress General Secretary as a Chairman of ‘Jhooth Manufacturing factory’ who is constantly spreading lies.
Watch : Shri Narendra Modi addressing a Public Meeting in Guna, Madhya Pradesh
Giving a fitting answer to the recent statement by the Prime Minister that the BJP has lowered the level of politics in the country, Shri Modi said, “I want to ask the Prime Minster who lowered the dignity of his office and who disrespected the Cabinet system? PM’s own party Vice President calls his decision nonsense, nonsense, nonsense and that too in front of the media.” Shri Modi told the Prime Minister that no BJP leader has ever lowered the dignity of the Prime Minister’s office but it is those sitting close to the Prime Minister who have done so. He stated that one can understand that the Prime Minister cannot speak against those who are really causing him pain but asked him not to blame the BJP.
Shri Modi strongly criticized the statement by the Congress Vice President that the BJP leaders are thieves, saying that such language is not proper. He added that if the BJP has stolen something, it is the sleep of the Congress leaders. Shri Modi avowed that the strength of the Lotus is such that the Congress is unable to bear one family coming under so much criticism. Elaborating further he said, “I come from a village and from a poor family. I do not belong to the elite class. These people get upset at what we say. Attack any other person or party it is ok but if 1 family is attacked see what happens. Is decency only for defence of 1 family?” He further added, “It is my birth right to raise a voice against those who have ruined India. If committing wrong is your right then it is mine to place it in front of the people.” He attributed the rising prices that are affecting the poor to the flawed economic policies of the UPA.
He expressed confidence that the BJP would form the Government n Delhi in 2014 and with a BJP government both in MP and Delhi the development of MP would scale even greater heights. Large number of BJP leaders and Karyakartas were present during the rallies.
Photos : Public Meeting in Sagar, Madhya Pradesh