125-year-old Congress is too old to take care of country’s development: Modi
BANGALORE: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, who undertook a whirlwind tour of the State on Thursday, described the coming Lok Sabha election as an opportunity for the people to change the “fortunes” of Karnataka by ensuring that they had a same party rule at the Centre and the State.
Addressing a public meeting in Vijayanagar here, Mr. Modi said having a same party or alliance government at the Centre and the State would go a long way in terms of development. He promised that the BJP-led NDA, if voted to power, would focus on the comprehensive development of Karnataka.
Karnataka had missed out on development earlier as the UPA Government at the Centre had become a stumbling block for its development, he said.
Mr. Modi, who interacted with the audience by quizzing them during his 35-minute speech, ridiculed the Congress describing it as a 125-year-old woman who was too old to take care of the development and security needs of the country. BJP, which was a 30-year-old youth, was the need of the hour for putting the country on fast track of development, he claimed.
He ridiculed the poll promise of the Congress of providing rice at a subsidised rate of Rs. 2 a kg by stating that Gujarat had been providing rice at Rs. 2 a kg to poor people for the past seven years.
Mr. Modi took a dig at the Third Front by questioning its very formation.
He said global recession could have been converted into an opportunity had the Centre tried to attract global interests. “While Gujarat tried this and created 25 lakh jobs, the UPA failed to display the political will and commitment to bail out people from recession,” he alleged.
BJP candidate for Bangalore South Ananth Kumar expressed confidence that the party would win the four Lok Sabha seats in and around Bangalore.
The former MLA V. Somanna, who joined the BJP recently, spoke.
Addressing a gathering at Malleswaram, Mr. Modi said the Congress-led Union Government was not being answerable to the people.
“According to the CAG report, the Government has no accounts for around Rs. 50,000 crore. The money belongs to the people, yet the Government is not giving them the answer they deserve,” he said.
He urged the people to vote for the BJP, which would take the country ahead on the path of development.
He alleged that the Congress was only worried about vote bank politics. “At the meeting of Chief Ministers, the Prime Minister said that the Muslims have the first dibs on the country’s wealth. I wonder how the premier defends his statement. I assure you all that the BJP, if voted to power, will ensure that the poor, irrespective of their religion and caste, will get the privilege,” he said.
He said that the need of the hour was a stable government at the Centre. “Only the BJP will be able to provide that. Vote for BJP and vote for development, security and stability,” he added.
He also addressed rallies in Kittur, Tumkur and Gadag.
Speaking in Tumkur, Mr. Modi came down against family rule, causing embarrassment to Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa.
He said: “The United Progressive Alliance has become a family rule. The Third Front and all other fronts are opportunistic.”
“I heard of the birth of Third Front in Tumkur. Every day one front or the other is taking birth in the country,” he said.
Mr. Modi said that unless NDA was voted to power at the Centre all the efforts made by Mr. Yeddyurappa as Chief Minister to lead Karnataka towards progress wouldn’t succeed.