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Opposition has run out of issues: Modi


“Leaders of opposition parties have to campaign for the sake of their survival. ...But they don’t have any issues... They are repeating their speeches made during the Lok Sabha elections”

Flaying the Opposition, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said it has run out of issues and asked the people of Jharkhand to give a decisive mandate in favour of the BJP to ensure State’s speedy development.

Seeking a stable government with full majority in Jharkhand, Mr. Modi asked people not to hand over power in the State in the hands of thekedars (brokers).

“These days leaders of opposition parties are very upset. They have to campaign for the sake of their survival and are going to Jharkhand and Jammu and Kashmir too. But they don’t have any issues against the Modi government. They are repeating their speeches made during the Lok Sabha elections. There is bankruptcy of issues for Opposition,” Mr. Modi said addressing a poll rally in Dhanbad on Tuesday.

The Prime Minister said his government’s policies will help the mineral-rich State progress fast and reap benefits of its coal reserves.

Exhorting the people to elect a BJP government with full majority, Mr. Modi said, “You have done this for country, will you not do it for the sake of Jharkhand... coalition governments in the country have given the power in the hands of thekedars and you know what they have done to the country and the States for so many years.” Referring to the State’s rich coal reserves, he said, “You are sitting on a black diamond. This Jharkhand’s black diamond has the potential to light up the entire country and our policies will help the State reap its benefits.”

Talking about the Coal scam and the Supreme Court verdict on it, the Prime Minister said though it came as a “blow” to us and “pained” the government, it was taken up as an “opportunity” to improve things.

Mr. Modi also hit out at the Opposition for “lying” to the people while nationalising banks some 40 years ago in the name of helping the poor. He said the Jan Dhan Yojna has helped every poor in the country open a bank account and benefit even without depositing a single penny.

So far the poor of the country have deposited Rs. 7,000 crore in bank accounts opened by them under the scheme, he said.

Comparing the prosperous western part of the country with the under-developed eastern part, he said the country will become strong only if both sides develop equally and announced his government’s focus to develop the eastern part of the country which is rich in natural resources.

The Prime Minister thanked the people of Jharkhand for saving the country from a hung Lok Sabha, by helping the BJP achieve a clear mandate in the recent Parliamentary elections and urged people to similarly save the State from an unstable government, by electing a BJP government with full majority.

He said the period of 13 to 18 years is crucial in the life of an individual and Jharkhand is now passing through the same period of its existence and therefore a good leadership is crucial to ensure its bright future.

He urged the people to take the right decision and elect the BJP with a full majority in the Assembly elections, while calling upon people to give him a chance to make the kala heera (black diamond) of Jharkhand shine.

The Prime Minister congratulated the people of Jharkhand and Jammu and Kashmir for voting in large numbers in the earlier phases of the Assembly elections. The Prime Minster also spoke of his election rally in Srinagar on Monday, which he said was the biggest since 1983. He urged the people to vote in large numbers, and elect a BJP government with full majority.

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