From the Congress’ divisive politics that is indifferent to the needs of its people to the grave concerns of poverty and the dismal condition of fishermen in Tamil Nadu, Shri Narendra Modi addressed a range of national and local issues at his address in Chennai, on the evening of 8th February.
Making a scathing attack on the Central governance, Shri Modi spoke about how innumerable troubles had been experienced under their rule, and especially in the past decade. “The troubles we have seen in the last 10 years have not been seen ever before after Independence,” said Shri Modi.
Highlighting the institutional decay caused by the Central Government, Shri Modi spoke of how most institutions in India had been destroyed in the past decade. “Position of the Governor, Raj Bhawans have become Congress Bhawans. Elected governments pass laws but governors do not sign them. This is the institutional decline they are doing. See how IT departments are misused. Investors came to Gujarat but when UPA came to know, IT notices/raids were carried out. There are so many commissions, which must be for people's interests, but even they have been misused for political gains. CBI has been misused. To win trust votes CBI is misused. They are used to make and break governments,” said Shri Modi. Expressing his concern at the gravity of issues, Shri Modi also stressed on how the lack institutional sanctity, sensitivity and integrity would keep our Nation in deep crisis, forever.
Shri Narendra Modi came down heavily on the Congress and its allies and said, “In doing corruption they respect Federal Structure a lot. Their allies are allowed to loot and you have the beneficiaries in Tamil Nadu too.” Commenting on the Congress’ rally in Gujarat earlier today, he said, “The Vice President of the Congress visited Gujarat today and humiliated the State and called its citizens as fools. Who is fooling the people, the people know very well. People will not tolerate this. 3 generations of the Congress tries to spread lies in Gujarat but the people of Gujarat did not accept it. India too will not! ”
Shri Modi also spoke of how the Congress government’s work culture had disrupted the functioning of the economy. He said, “The thought and work culture of UPA has put India on the verge of disintegration and to save nation we need to bid them goodbye. Work culture must be of cooperation not confrontation. Centre vs State, State vs State, these things are going on due to the UPA. UPA is not bothered to solve them too.” While stressing on the need for adherence to the Federal structure, Shri Modi said, “Our Federal Structure must be respected in letter & spirit. Irrespective of which party it was, Atal ji embraced them all.”
Shri Modi indirectly answered to the criticism of a UPA Minister from Tamil Nadu saying, “There is also a recounting Minister in Delhi. He is from Tamil Nadu only. He abuses me but I prefer to keep silent because I know that Keechad Jitna Faikoge, Kamal Utna Hi Khilega.”
Referring to the top economists in the UPA Government as Prime Minister and “Recounting Minister”, Shri Modi called for a competition in growth rate and said, “You came from Harvard we come by hard work!” He also said, “This land of Chennai asks you, the Recounting Minister, why are the finances of the nation suffering.” Shri Modi further stated, “Congress has failed to create jobs and people are losing their jobs too,” and talked of how Gujarat has the lowest unemployment rate all over the country, while also giving a befitting response by saying, “Dear Finance Minister, knowledge of economics does not come from books alone. Good governance is required! “
Shri Modi affirmed the need for a strong government in Delhi by citing the current day threat faced by India from its neighbouring countries. “Such a noble nation we are but on all 4 sides we are being troubled be it China, SL, Bangladesh, Pakistan. These small nations are pressurizing India and no one is hearing us. Who is responsible? The weak government in Delhi,” said Shri Modi.
Shri Modi also spoke of the Central government’s indifferent approach by mentioning how fishermen from Tamil Nadu continued to face problems, and were left to languish in the jails of Sri Lanka. “If the Government had even little concern for the poor then the condition of the fishermen community in TN would be different,” said Shri Modi.
Condemning the divisive politics practiced by the Congress government, Shri Modi spoke about how they would always remember the poor only at the time of elections, while mentioning the comment of a Congress leader of ‘poverty being a state-of-mind’. He also spoke about the anarchic style of current-day governance by stating how it had disobeyed the Supreme Court’s instructions of giving grains to the poor, and had instead given it to alcohol makers at throw-away rates.
Shri Narendra Modi affirmed the need for good and effective governance, and added that government was not meant to serve the rich, but rather to serve the poor.
“In the last 60 years never before has there been tension between the Centre and the Armed Forces, but in the last 10 years UPA has had run-ins even with the Armed forces. The Armed forces were never divided on sectarian lies but this is what the UPA has done now,” said Shri Modi while speaking on the Congress government’s unsympathetic approach.
Speaking about how Atal Behari Vajpayee ji’s dream of integrated river grid had benefitted Tamil Nadu, Shri Modi drew the attention of the crowd to the UPA government’s inconvenience in implementing the river linking project, inspite of the Supreme Court’s intervention.