New Delhi: In what was touted as the largest public meeting ever in the national capital, PM Narendra Modi addressed a rally at Ramlila Maidan on Wednesday. (Catch Complete Coverage of Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Here)
Unperturbed by the furore he created by calling former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi ‘Bhrashtachari number 1’, PM Modi continued to recall how when INS Viraat was positioned for protection of maritime boundaries, “it was sent to take Rajiv Gandhi and his family to an island for their holiday. Even his in-laws were onboard INS Virat. Was it not a compromise of national security?”
He said, “Even Navy personnel was put on service of Rajiv Gandhi and his family while they were vacationing on the island. INS Viraat was also stationed at the island for ten days.” Later, he even tweeted the same.
The PM’s concerted attack on Rajiv Gandhi hasn’t gone down too well with many. From academics to even party colleagues, PM Modi has been criticised for attacking someone who was assassinated. Karnataka BJP leader Srinivasa Prasad said while he respected the PM, he felt it was unnecessary for him to have attacked Rajiv Gandhi so.
Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah took to Twitter to wonder if the prime minister had discovered a time machine as he seemed to believe that he was fighting the 1989 elections against Rajiv Gandhi.
Meanwhile, at the Ramlila Maidan, PM Modi thanked the people of Delhi. “I also want to apologise for something. After I became the PM, there was always security with me, due to which people have been inconvenienced. I don’t enjoy living behind a bullet-proof wall myself,” he said.
He said that what made Delhi special was that it “has the energy of Punjab and Haryana, the sweetness of the Poorvanchal, the enthusiasm of the North East, the gentleness of South India. I am fortunate to have been given the opportunity to serve.”
Next, the PM tore into many regional parties also by pointing out how they are all run by families. “Parties have been floated in names of Abdullahs and Muftis in J&K, Mulayam Singh ji’s family in UP and Lalu ji’s family in Bihar. Dynasty is thriving through Pawars in Maharashtra, Deve Gowda ji’s family in Karnataka, in TN by Karunanidhi ji’s family, in Andhra by Chandrababu Naidu ji.”
Adding the “Dikshits in Delhi, Hoodas in Haryana…till Bhajan Lal ji and Bansi Lal ji,” the PM said that dynasty politics was prevalent across the country. “Beant Singh’s family in Punjab, Gehlots & Pilots in Rajasthan. Scindias, Kamal Nath’s family and Digvijaya Singh’s family in MP are strengthening dynasty.”
Returning to the arch-rival, Congress, PM said, “The nation is looking at the fourth generation of ‘naamdar’ family of Congress. But this dynastic mindset has not been restricted to just one family. All those who have been close to this family have carried forward the flag of dynasty.”
While on Opposition, PM Modi could not have spared the AAP-led Delhi government. He repeated how the country had seen four types of political ideologies, “Naampanthi, Vaampanthi, Daam aur Damanpanthi and the fourth, which has been brought by us, Vikaspanthi.” However, he said, Delhi had seen a fifth model, “Naakaampanthi”, one which rejects work related to Delhi’s development and fails. Modi said such people had spread anarchy in Delhi and had betrayed the people of India.
On how his own government has fared in contrast, the PM pointed out that they had blocked an easy route to corruption by doing away with interviews in government jobs. “GST has been designed in a way that people get rid of the inspector raj,” he said.
Inflation, which was a major issue in earlier elections, is under control and even the Opposition cannot say a word on it, pointed out the PM.