Eyeing 300 lotuses, Modi calls upon youths
BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi today called upon the country's young electorate to work towards ensuring that the party wins at least 300 seats in the current Lok Sabha elections.
"Senior voters would ensure that the Congress is thrown out of power at the Centre. However, voters, aged between 18-28 years, need to ensure that 'Lotus' blooms in at least 300 constituencies -- inclusive of all the 29 'Lotus' from Madhya Pradesh -- so that a strong government is formed," said Mr Modi while addressing an election rally here.
Emphasising that the age between 18-28 years had an important role in life during which the decisions taken impact the whole life, he said that electing a corrupt Congress government would ruin their lives.
A mammoth crowd had gathered to listen Mr Modi braving scorching heat.
Several people took shelter under shade of trees and houses.
A large number of people sat on the balconies of houses near the venue.
Mr Modi, who reached the venue late by an hour, was welcomed with a huge garland. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan gave short speech following which Mr Modi began his address. Pointing out that prosperity was visible in those states where the BJP is in power, he said Mr Chouhan brought the
state out of 'BiMaRU' tag and placed it among fast developing states.
Recalling that former prime minister late Rajiv Gandhi had himself admitted that the ultimate beneficiary only got 15 paise if one rupee was allocated for him, Mr Modi said the Congress' 'hand' has been taking all the money but it would no longer be allowed to lay hands on the country's wealth.
Praising the contribution of Ratlam in trade with Gujarat, he reminisced that he used to partake 'sev' whenever he passed through Ratlam.
In another election rally at Kukshi in Dhar, Mr Modi said the Congress has ruined the nation.
Former premier late Lal Bahadur Shastri's slogan 'Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan (Hail the Soldier, Hail the Farmer)' has been changed to 'Mar Jawan, Mar Kisan (Death to soldier and death to farmer).
He appealed to the electorate to exercise their franchise for development and promised that steps would be taken for the welfare of farmers if the BJP came to power.
(Posted on 16-04-2014)