40 riots in Gehlot tenure: Modi
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Tuesday addressing rallies in poll bound Rajasthan said there were 40 communal riots in the state in the past five years as he slammed the Ashok Gehlot government and accused it of not doing any development work.
Modi began his campaign by speaking in Alwar (Alwar district), which was followed by a public meeting in Pala (Bharatpur district) and in Sawai Madhopur. In his speeches, Modi delivered a sharp attack on the "misgovernance" of the Rajasthan government under Ashok Gehlot and gave a clarion call to defeat the Congress government.
"Uproot the Congress, that has destroyed the nation, from this land of Rajasthan. Under Vasundhara ji take Rajasthan to greater heights and make the BJP victorious in the coming elections," Modi affirmed.
Narendra Modi minced no words in saying that if the nation has to progress, it has to be free from the menace of corruption and attacked the corrupt ways of the Congress Party. "Aakash, Prithvi, Patal...Congress ne kuch nahi chhoda" (Be it the skies, the land the Congress has left nothing) and added, "Submarine scam, rail scam, Adarsh, coal scam, Congress scams are spread across all 3 Loks. Who Rail me Khate Hain, Khel Me Khate Hain; Khet Me Khate Hain, Ret Me Bhi Khate Hain" (Congress steals in railways and sports, they steal in the farms and they steal in the soil).
Modi spoke against the large amounts of money that are stashed abroad in foreign banks and questioned the Centre over their silence on bringing this money back, saying that the people have the right to know who that money belonged to.
Modi urged the people to reject a Government that does not work for 55 months and replace it with a Government that will work for all 60 months. Modi avowed that the law and order situation in Rajasthan is extremely poor and shared that both the Honourable Rajasthan High Court and the Honourable Supreme Court of India have rebuked the Rajasthan Government, saying it cannot stay in power if the Government is not able to deliver.
Elaborating further, Modi alleged that if there was any state topping the list in atrocities towards tribal communities, it is Rajasthan.
Similarly, the Gehlot government failed to provide clean drinking water to the people of Rajasthan, Modi stated.
He also criticized the Rajasthan government for the poor condition of roads in the state, adding that even Gehlot's colleagues in his Ministry say "when we enter Gujarat by road we can sleep peacefully as the roads are smooth."
Modi recalled the rebuke of the Rajasthan Government by the Governor of Rajasthan.
"You (Ashok Gehlot-led Congress government in Rajasthan) are ahead in corruption. If there is a record for most ministers in jail, that too has been held by your government. There have been over 40 instances of violence under your tenure. Who is responsible for this? People need to be saved from your path!"
In Sawai Madhopur, Narendra Modi said the Congress has no faith in democracy and flayed it for "their failure to fulfill promises made to the people."
He said that wherever there have been BJP governments, there has been development and he gave the example of Shivraj Singh Chouhan's work in Madhya Pradesh, which removed MP from the category of BIMARU states. Modi urged people to vote early and gave a call of 'Pehle Matadan, Phir Jalpan' (vote first, eat later).
Assembly elections in Rajasthan will be held on Dec 1.
(Posted on 19-11-2013)