Ghazipur: Hitting back at the Congress over its chief Gandhi’s ‘chowkidar chor hai’ jibe, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that the ‘chowkidar’ will soon send the thieves to their right place.
“The time in future is yours, your children’s. Your ‘chowkidar’ is working day and night with honesty and dedication to better your and your children’s future. It is because of this ‘chowkidar’ some thieves are having nightmares. With your faith and blessings, this ‘chowkidar’ will one day send these thieves to their right place,” said PM Modi, while addressing a rally in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghazipur.
The prime minister also accused the Congress of making false promises to farmers in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan to garner votes.
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“The result of luring promises to garner votes can be seen in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. With a change in government, lathis are being charged there for urea and compost,” he said.
PM Modi also launched a scathing attack on the Congress-JD(S) government in Karnataka, accusing it of befooling the farmers by making false promises on loan waiver.
“Karnataka government had promised loan waiver to lakhs of farmers. But only loans of just 800 farmers have been waived off. What kind of game and betrayal is this,” he said.
“The Karnataka government had promised waiver of farm loans worth Rs 6 lakh crore but gave only Rs 60,000 crore. Moreover, the CAG report revealed that Rs 35 lakh crore was given to those who were neither farmers, nor had loans on them,” the prime minister added.
Earlier, PM Modi laid the foundation stone of a medical college in Ghazipur and also released a commemorative postal stamp on Maharaja Suheldeo.
Later today, the prime minister will visit his Lok Sabha constituency later in the day.
He will inaugurate the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and South Asia Regional Centre (ISARC) on the campus of National Seed Research and Training Centre (NSRTC) in Varanasi.
The centre will serve as a hub for rice research and training in South Asia and the SAARC region.
PM Modi will also attend the ‘One District, One Product’ Regional Summit at Deendayal Hastakala Sankul (Trade Facilitation Centre & Crafts Museum) in Varanasi.
The PM’s visit to Varanasi and Ghazipur comes amid mounting pressure from the NDA allies in the states – Om Prakash Rajbhar’s SBSP and Apna Dal, who announced to boycott PM Modi’s events.
Ashish Patel, the state unit chief of Apna Dal, said his party was “immensely hurt by the arrogant attitude of the BJP leaders in Uttar Pradesh” and charged them with “insulting party leaders and the weaker sections of the society”.
He also announced that till the matter between the two allies was not settled, Apna Dal will not attend any government programmes.
Demanding Modi’s intervention in sorting out the matter of the increasing divide between the two parties, who contested the 2014 Lok Sabha and 2017 state Assembly polls together, Patel said his party leaders will not attend the events scheduled to be in Varanasi and Ghazipur.
This is the first time that Apna Dal has taken such a tough stance. Other than being miffed at the continuous neglect by the Yogi Adityanath government, the party is also angry at the fact that Union Minister of State for Health, Anupriya Patel is not invited to events related to her ministry.
The SBSP has also announced that it will “boycott” Prime Minister’s programmes. This announcement comes as a big blow to the BJP as Modi is scheduled to release a postal stamp in the name of Maharaja Suheldev.
The SBSP has claimed that the party chief and state Minister for Backward Classes Welfare Om Prakash Rajbhar’s name has been “deliberately omitted from the invitation card”.