BENGALURU: In a strident attack on the Congress, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday termed its poll manifesto “anti-India” and playing with the future of the country.
“The Congress, if elected, has promised to change the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) in Kashmir, which will weaken our fight against terrorism,” said PM Modi at a massive BJP rally in Karnataka capital Bengaluru ahead of the Lok Sabha election’s first phase in Karnataka on April 18.
Terming the Congress itself “anti-national”, he alleged that the party that ruled the country for over 50 years was talking in favour of Pakistan by assuring in its manifesto of withdrawing troops from Jammu and Kashmir.
“The Congress wants to send our troops to the gallows by diluting the AFSPA and make the country’s border porous by withdrawing the army from J&K.
“The Congress wants to keep the fire Pandit Nehru stoked in Kashmir for which the country is still paying heavy price. It has kept quiet when its ally National Conference said there should be a separate Prime Minister for Kashmir. How can India have two Prime Ministers?” he asked.
Exhorting the electorate, especially the first-time voters and millennials to reject the Congress, PM Modi urged them to vote for the BJP’s lotus symbol to have once again a “mazboot” government than a “majboor” government of “unworthy parties”.
Claiming credit for granting One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme to ex-servicemen, who waited four decades for it, PM Modi said his BJP-led NDA government cared as much for the armed forces as for farmers, rural and urban people, women and youth across the country.
“When we came to power with majority by your blessings, we ordered 2.8 lakh bullet-proof jackets to protect jawans at the borders from enemy fire, fulfilling a long-pending demand on which the Congress-led UPA government did not act though it was in power for 10 years,” he alleged.
Listing achievements of his government during the last five years, PM Modi said the country progressed faster than it had over the decades due to its “clear vision, commitment, hard work and correct policies”.
“I am not boasting but the results are there for all to see. Take any area or sector and compare its growth or development at a pace that was unheard of in the past. Be it infrastructure, power, roads, highways, railways, airways, ports, broadband, telecom, internet penetration and ease of doing business,” he said.
Seeking votes for another term, PM Modi said he was committed to work towards ease of living from ease of doing business so as to improve the quality of life and raise the profile of the people and build a new India.
Earlier, addressing a massive party rally at Mangaluru on the west coast, about 350 km from Bengaluru, PM Modi said the BJP manifesto had promised to ensure storage and infrastructure for fishermen under the Matsya Sampada Yojana.