Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the 'Parivartan Sankalp Yatra' in Jagdalpur, Chhattisgarh today. While addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister said that whenever came to Bastar and Jagdalpur, people showered a lot of love and blessings every time and it is his constant endeavor to return the blessings by developing this region, by working hard day and night.
The Prime Minister began his address by targeting Congress and its governance in Chhattisgarh and said, “Everyone is saddened by the misdeeds done by Congress MLAs and ministers here. Corruption is prevalent everywhere. Crime is at its peak in Chhattisgarh. Chhattisgarh has reached among the leading states in terms of murders. Development in Chhattisgarh is visible either in posters and banners, or in the coffers of Congress leaders.”
“Congress has given Chhattisgarh false propaganda, corruption and a scandalous government. That's why today only one voice is coming from every corner of Chhattisgarh, “Oh new friends, change your lives,” he added.
Recalling the work done during former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s tenure, PM Modi said, “My tribal brothers and sisters wanted it to happen, hence, Atal ji's government had created Chhattisgarh. The BJP government itself created the Ministry of Tribal Affairs at the Centre.”
Highlighting the initiatives and projects undertaken by BJP in Chhattisgarh, PM said, “Medical colleges and engineering colleges were built here under the BJP government. BJP government created Education City in Dantewada. I have spent a large part of my life in tribal areas. I have a direct connection with you, a connection with my heart.”
Emphasizing the achievements attained during last nine years, PM said, “I am proud that BJP has also got the honor of making the country's first tribal woman President. The BJP government itself declared 15th November i.e. the birth anniversary of Lord Birsa Munda as Tribal Pride Day. Our government is building a freedom fighters museum dedicated to tribal fighters and revolutionaries. We have also increased the scholarship given to tribal students by two and a half times. More than 300 Eklavya Model Residential Schools have been opened in the last 9 years.”
Talking about projects launched in Chhattisgarh under BJP’s governance, the PM said, “The BJP government is creating modern infrastructure in Chhattisgarh. Even today, Bastar and Chhattisgarh have got projects worth more than Rs 26000 crores. Today a very large and country's most modern steel factory has been inaugurated here. You all were demanding this factory for decades.”
Taking on Congress over steel production in Bastar region, the PM said, “The 'iron ore' from which the world's best steel can be made is here in Bastar. Congress extracted raw material from here and then sent it abroad. Congress leaders earned and people got nothing. The youth of Bastar were forced to go to other states to work as labourers. Therefore, we got the work of this steel factory in Bastar completed rapidly. “
Attacking the Congress again, PM Modi said, “The track record of Congress shows that it does not care about the people of Chhattisgarh. His priority is only to loot the wealth of Chhattisgarh. Congress has left no stone unturned in looting the mineral wealth of Chhattisgarh. Therefore, after the formation of BJP government in Delhi, we decided to create a District Mineral Fund. This means that whatever mineral comes out from here, a part of it will be used for your development here.”
Highlighting the steps taken bby BJP to bring forest produces under the ambit of MSP, the PM said “Today the BJP government has brought about 90% forest produce under the ambit of MSP. The BJP government has opened the way for providing better prices for forest produce by creating Van Dhan Kendra.”
“Today 000s of tribal sisters and brothers of Chhattisgarh have got employment in Vandhan Kendras. As soon as the BJP government is formed here, better arrangements will be made for tendu leaf collectors like before,” he added.
Emphasizing about his guarantee to the farmers, PM Modi said, “The BJP government has given Rs 1 lakh crore to the paddy farmers of Chhattisgarh. When BJP government is formed here, full care will be taken of the paddy farmers. Your dream is my resolution. This is Modi's guarantee.
While talking about youth’s future and failed governance by Congress in Chhattisgarh, The Prime Minister said, “Today, instead of scams, the world talks about India's pride, potential and waves that India is making in every field. Therefore, my young friends, you definitely have to keep one thing in mind. Congress had promised jobs to the youth. But they scammed the youth in their jobs.”
The Prime Minister strongly condemned strongly the PCS scam in Chhattisgarh and said, “Congress leaders set their children, their relatives in PCS recruitments. The PCS scam will be investigated as soon as the BJP government is formed. No matter how powerful the criminal is, he will be behind the jail. Every youth, every government employee will get complete justice.”
Taking a dig at the Congress party, PM Modi said, “From yesterday, Congress has started singing a different tune - the more the population, the more the rights. I was wondering what former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh ji would be thinking? Manmohan Singh ji used to say that the minorities have the first right on the country's resources, and that too the Muslims. He questioned now the Congress party's new stance, where rights are determined by population size, implies a potential reduction in minority rights. He further asked who would then hold the primary rights to the country, suggesting that it might shift towards Hindus due to their larger population.
“I have been saying this for a long time and am repeating it again today that the Congress party is no longer being run by Congress people. Congress is now being run by people who are in league with anti-national forces. Congress wants to destroy India by dividing the Hindus of the country at any cost,” the PM further alleged.
PM Modi criticized the opposition party, Congress, alleging that they have entered into a undisclosed agreement with another country. He suggested that this agreement has made Congress appear more anti-national in the eyes of the public. He also emphasized that the primary right to the country's resources should belong to the poor, regardless of their social background, and accused Congress of trying to create divisions and animosity among the people in India through its statements.
Highlighting the steps taken to empower women nationawide, PM said, “The Decades of Congress rule only gave poverty to the country. However, BJP government is completely dedicated to social justice. By giving ST status to 12 tribal classes who were deprived of their rights for years, the BJP government has taken a historic decision. Nari Shakti Vandan Act, has become a law. Now 33 percent seats in the Assembly and Lok Sabha have been reserved for all the sisters including the SC/ST community here.”
In his concluding remarks, PM Modi said, “The misgovernance of Congress has to be removed and good governance of BJP has to be brought. Therefore, the entire Bastar, Jagdalpur and Chhattisgarh have to take a resolution today. Here we will remove the misgovernance of Congress and bring good governance of BJP. When the double engine of development starts again, then Chhattisgarh will again gain a new pace of development.”