Thousands throng Modi’s roadshow in Varanasi
|Source: The Hitavada Date: 06 Mar 2017 08:49:50|
The five-km roadshow began at Pandeypur Square and wound its way through Chaukaghat, Teliabagh, Maldahiya and Patel Chowk to culminate at the Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapith
PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday resumed the second leg of his mega roadshow in this Uttar Pradesh city with large crowds of supporters and BJP workers thronging the streets.
The five-km roadshow began at Pandeypur Square and wound its way through Chaukaghat, Teliabagh, Maldahiya and Patel Chowk to culminate at the Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapith.
Thousands of supporters thronged the route along which Modi went. Carrying BJP flags and shouting ‘Jai Shri Ram’ and ‘Har Har Modi, Ghar Ghar Modi’, they waved at Modi, who acknowledged their greetings and waved back at them.
Addressing a public meeting in his parliamentary constituency, Modi said the SP and the BSP are two sides of the same coin with the former being A (Akhilesh) SP and B (Bahujan) SP.
Taking potshots at the Congress over its run of losses in the recent polls, he said one day, research would be done to find out if it once existed, as it is “disappearing from everywhere.” Modi attacked the ruling Samajwadi Party and its ally Congress, saying they believed in the development of ‘a few’ and saw everything from the prism of votes.
Targetting his rivals, specifically Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, he said like people suffered from ‘motiabind’ (cataract), the SP and Congress suffered from ‘votebind’ as “they can’t see anything unless they see them in the context of votes.”
Accusing the SP Government of ‘bias’ in its welfare programmes, he said it believed in ‘kuchh ka saath, kuchh ka vikas’ (support of a few, development of a few) while he believed in everybody’s development as in ‘sabka saath, sabka vikas’.
While Akhilesh has inherited his political powers from his father Mulayam Singh Yadav, Gandhi has got it from “so many of his forefathers”, Modi said while using a local term, ‘ghelua’ (what comes free of cost) for the two leaders.
“They are such delicate people who cannot take hard decisions. They think what if they lose what they got. I have not got anything in inheritance.
“Whatever I have got is due to the blessing of the people of Kashi. I can take hard decisions to rid the country of its problems. I have the courage to do so,” the Prime Minister said.
Demonetisation, he said, has brought the SP, BSP and the Congress on the same side in its opposition while the country was supported it.
Modi presented himself as the one who will take up the job of developing the state, especially the eastern parts which are going to polls on March 8, if the BJP is voted to power.
Reaching out to small traders who are in significant numbers here, he said they would not be touched by his government’s drive against corruption as the politicians and ‘babus’ have looted the country all these years.
Accusing the State Government of corruption, he said it must stop and suggested it was the tainted money that had made the SP, BSP and the Congress oppose demonetisation.
Five Assembly segments fall under Modi's Lok Sabha seat which he had won in 2014 by a huge margin of 3.71 lakh votes. The BJP holds three of the five Assembly segments.