INDIA bloc communal, casteist and dynastic: Modi in Bihar

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday alleged that the INDIA bloc was communal, casteist, and dynastic, and all constituents of the alliance displayed these evils to a “severe” degree, “cent per cent”.

Modi launched the blistering attack at rallies in Mahrajganj and Purvi Champaran Lok Sabha constituencies in Bihar, where he also predicted a “big blow” for the opposition alliance that stood for corruption, appeasement politics and “perverted anti-Sanatan mindset”, on June 4 when Lok Sabha poll results would be out.

The PM, who is seeking a third consecutive term in office, also underscored that he was leaving no “viraasat (inheritance)” since he considered the people of the country as his only “waaris (successor)”.

Modi also charged the RJD-Congress combine for having made Bihar, which gave India its first president Rajendra Prasad, infamous for extortion.

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He lambasted the Nehru-Gandhi family, which he referred to as “Congress’ royal family”, for “keeping mum” over controversial remarks made by its leaders and allies against people of Bihar in states such as Punjab, Telangana and Tamil Nadu.

“Your vote is not just for electing your local MP but also to make your PM strong,” said Modi.

He alleged that Congress wants to change the Constitution to “snatch” reservations from SCs, STs and OBCs, and hand it over to those who indulge in “vote jihad”.

“If Ambedkar was not there, Nehru would not have allowed reservation for SCs and STs,” he said.

The PM also launched indirect attacks on leaders like Rahul Gandhi, Akhilesh Yadav and Tejashwi Yadav, who were “born with silver spoons”.

“The nation cannot move forward with the sins of the INDIA bloc, which stands for corruption, appeasement politics, represents the ‘tukde-tukde’ gang and a perverted mindset that heaps scorn on Sanatan Dharma,” he said.

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“This is the reason why the INDIA bloc was exhausted in the very first phase of the elections. In the subsequent phases, it was battered. In the remaining two phases, the trend will continue, and on June 4 when votes are counted, the results will come as a big blow to the intentions of the opposition alliance,” he said.

Modi claimed the parties of the opposition alliance have three common “evils”.

“They are all communal, casteist and dynastic… to a degree that is severe, cent percent,” he added.

Modi also bristled at the opposition’s criticism of welfare schemes run by his government, alleging that his opponents had “bundles of notes stashed away in Swiss banks” and could not understand the plight of the common people “the way I do, having been born in a poor family”.

“They were opening accounts in Swiss banks, while the people of India were starving,” he alleged.

Referring to Tejashwi Yadav, whom he did not mention by name, Modi said, “I am told that the ‘waaris of jungle raaj’ has been saying I will be advised bed rest after the Lok Sabha elections. The ‘shehzada’ of Congress says he wants to see me in tears. His party openly chants slogans like ‘Modi teri kabr khudegi’ (your grave will be dug).” “These people have a counterpart in Uttar Pradesh (an allusion to Akhilesh Yadav) who says I have reached the end of my life and hence contesting from Varanasi,” said Modi, adding that the remarks betrayed lack of sensitivity on the part of those “born with silver spoons, who have never known what is a life filled with struggles”.

In his speech, Modi also made a reference to the much-talked-about feast Gandhi had enjoyed at Lalu Prasad’s residence last year.

“Those who refused the invitation to the consecration of Ram temple in Ayodhya had no problems in sharing a meal with the corrupt,” he said.

Modi also referred to Champaran as Mahatma Gandhi’s “karma bhoomi” and his own roots in Gujarat the “janmabhoomi (place of birth)”.

“The Congress betrayed his ideals upon coming to power and devoted itself to promoting the interests of one family,” he alleged.

“I have spent my first 10 years in power filling the potholes left by the Congress. I intend to speed up progress in the next term,” said Modi as he spoke about his thrust on welfare measures like toilets for women “who had to suffer physical ailments because of the absence of this very basic of all amenities”.



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