New Delhi: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman accused the Congress of seeking Pakistan’s help to remove Narendra Modi as the prime minister even as Islamabad stands isolated in the world arena due to the NDA government’s diplomatic moves.
Addressing party workers on the last day of the two-day BJP National Convention in Delhi on Saturday, Sitharaman said, “Congress leaders are playing dirty politics by seeking help from Pakistan to remove PM Modi’s government.”
The Defence Minister asked BJP workers to spread awareness about the government’s achievements, especially that PM Modi has provided “corruption-free” five years, with no major terror attacks taking place during the tenure.
“BJP workers should highlight two things. First, that there has been no major terrorist attack after 2014. All attempts to wreak havoc in the country have been eliminated at the border itself and this government has ensured that there are no opportunities for terrorists to disturb peace.
“And second, that we have had corruption-free five years. There has not been even a whisper of corruption in this government,” Sitharaman said.
She said that from small to large reforms, Prime Minister Modi had paid attention to good governance.
“If we have to continue on the road of ‘sabka saath, sabka vikaas’ (development for all), we can’t afford to lose momentum. It’s only under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership that the country can foresee a bright future,” she said.
The Defence Minister said the country presented a very sorry picture in 2014 before this government came to power.
“India lived in hopelessness as the government was not responsive, it did not know what the poor needed, there was complete policy paralysis, corruption was rampant and terrorists used to play havoc in the country,” she said.
She said the first thing that PM Modi said after taking charge was that his government would be committed to the welfare of the poor.
“If one counts the number of pro-poor decisions Prime Minister Modi has taken, they would find that there has been on an average one decision every day over the last almost five years. This has led to the transformative change that India is witnessing today.”
She said the government was able to implement various social welfare schemes because it was able to maintain peace, which was its top priority.
“Pakistan is today isolated in the world arena due to Prime Minister’s diplomacy and his ability to maintain relations with all countries. He has built relations with the leaders of the world. Pakistan is feeling the heat today and unofficial (terror) groups supported by Pakistan wreaking havoc in the country are being stopped right at the border,” she said.
Sitharaman added that under PM Modi’s leadership, “the defence forces conducted surgical strikes across the border and instead of commending them, the opposition wanted proof”.
“We showed them the proof. And it was the same opposition — some leaders of the Congress — who went to Pakistan seeking help to remove Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This is the kind of dirty politics that the Congress plays.”
She said India was at a “historically important juncture” and the BJP workers should create awareness about reforms being undertaken by the government and work in that direction till Lok Sabha election results are declared.