In his first public show after his elevation as the party's campaign chief, Narendra Modi addressed a Sankalp Rally in Madhopur near Pathankot in Punjab's Gurdaspur district.
Modi paid rich tributes to Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee on his 60th 'Balidan Diwas' and said that Dr. Mookerjee dedicated his entire life to the unity of the nation.
"The future of the nation is not safe under the Congress and that if the future is not safe then how can it move on the path of development?" asked Modi as he took on the Centre for failing on the front of national security.
"The centre is run by two heads. No one knows who is running the affairs," said Modi indirectly referring to Sonia Gandhi's authority over the Prime Minister.
Modi recalled Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee's famous quote 'Do Pradhan Nahi Chalenge' adding that "today in the country we have two Pradhans."
"We do not even know who the real Pradhan is. We should fulfill Dr. Mookerjee's dream and rid ourselves of two Pradhans," said Modi.
Modi pointed that efforts were made to erase the legacy of Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee from the annals of history. He said that it is an old habit of the Congress Party to forget the contribution of many people during the freedom struggle.
Modi said Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee's mother wrote to Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru seeking inquiry into the manner in which Dr. Mookerjee died and that it was not a natural death but a killing, but the Government did not listen to her.
Modi avowed that Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee served as a Minister in Pandit Nehru's Government along side Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar and that these were the three independent voices in the Government.
"Pandit Nehru did not like these three great men. And once Sardar Patel and Dr. Mookerjee died and Dr. Ambedkar left the Ministry, the decline began. If these three men had been there longer, Congress would not have been able to destroy the nation in the manner in which they did," he declared.
Modi also remembered Dr. Mookerjee's contribution as the Industries Minister of India. Modi recalled the Bengal Famine of 1943 and spoke about how Dr. Mookerjee served the people affected by the famine there. The Chief Minister also said that Dr. Mookerjee stressed on education and dreamt of universities that would play an important role in national regeneration.
He described Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee as one who integrated and unified people and gave the example of 1952 when he took the lead in forming the National Democratic Front to expose the "ill deeds of the Congress and that too in a time when Congress popularity was high."
Modi said that while Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee spoke of education for the youth, the youth do not have jobs under the Congress led UPA Government. He pointed to Government of India data that said that when it comes to job creation, the nine years of UPA are away behind the six years of the NDA Government led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
The Chief Minister remembered the contribution of Sardar Patel in unifying India and said that in Kashmir there are problems even today due to Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. He remarked that a new hope was generated during the time of Atal Bihari Vajpayee "but vested interests thought that the way Atal ji is going, their politics will fall flat."
Modi said had Atal Bihari Vajpayee formed the Government in 2004 again, the wounds of the people of Kashmir would have been healed, the Pandits would get justice and the differences between Ladakh, the valley and Jammu would have also been healed.
He said if Vajpayee had come to power Kashmiri youth would have prospered too.
Taking on the Prime Minister over national security, he asked why was Sarabjit allowed to die in the manner in which he was. He questioned the PM on the beheading of two Indian soldiers and the killing of two Indian fishermen at the hands of Italians.
Referring to the Purulia Arms Drop Case, he said, "Arms were dropped in Purulia by those who wanted to break the nation but those who dropped the arms are enjoying overseas."
On the state of the UPA he stated, "These days there is a competition between the UPA and the Rupee on who will fall lower." Modi also questioned why the UPA stopped the Bharat Nirman advertisements on which they spent so much money. He went on to say that perhaps the UPA themselves may have got suspicious on whether Bharat Nirman is happening or not.
In his speech he paid tributes to all those who lost their lives in the Uttarakhand floods and shared that he has seen the situation from his own eyes and understood the pain of the people. He affirmed that the entire nation would stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of Uttarakhand in this hour of crisis.
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal spoke on the occasion. He lauded Modi's development work and spoke about the need to rid the nation from the Congress. Former Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dr. Shanta Kumar spoke on the occasion as well.
--IBNS (Posted on 24-06-2013)