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PM a night-watchman, Congress a termite eating up the nation: Modi

Last updated on: March 3, 2013 15:19 IST

To get rid of the Congress is the real desh bhakti today

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Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday launched a scathing attack on the ruling Congress.

 

Addressing the National Council Meet of the Bharatiya Janata Party in New Delhi, Modi affirmed that the Congress party has always sacrificed the interests of the nation for the interests of one family.

 

"To take the country forward is not in the nature of the Congress, it is not in their blood," he said.

 

He pointed that the difference between the BJP and the Congress is that the BJP is a party with a mission whereas the Congress is a party of commission.

 

He pointed out that to take on the determination to get rid of the Congress is the real desh bhakti today.

 

"When we got freedom from the British we got Swarajya, when we will free ourselves from the Congress we will get Surajya," Modi said, urging the BJP leaders and activists to leave the National Council with a determination to help the people uproot the Congress.

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The Gujarat chief minister observed that after a long time, the eyes of not only India but also the entire world are centred on the BJP National Council Meet.

Attacking the Congress-led UPA government for failure on various fronts Modi wondered, "Is it a Government or not, we cannot realize. Prices are rising and affecting the poor."

He shared that for the first three decades after Independence the Congress dominated politics from the Panchayat to the Parliament but the Congress lacked the right intentions as it sacrificed the interests of the nation for the interests of one family.

Giving an example, Modi pointed, "Once Sitaram Kesri was Congress President. We felt as if night-watchman was sitting. Because if a competent person comes, what happens to the Family? And I remember the time Sitaram Kesri was thrown out of office. Is such democracy seen anywhere? All they were looking for was the right time."

He went on to say, "Then when the time came to form the government, they chose a PM who can do what the family wants -- so another night-watchman. The nation never thought the night will be so long and there will be so much darkness!"

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'Those who are seen as a threat to the 'family' are finished politically'

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Taking a dig at the National Advisorty Coucil, Modi affirmed that the government put 5-Star activism and those who are not grounded and are totally disconnected are taking decisions.

Modi declared that those who are seen as a threat to the 'family' are finished politically.

"If Pranab Mukherjee was PM, so much ruin would not happen. But then, if Pranab da is successful what will happen to the family? So this culture of night-watchman." Modi further said, "We have seen many PMs. Till Charan Singh, Chandrashekhar, VP Singh, IK Gujral were in Congress they had no chance of being PM. Their strength came outside the Congress."

Terming the Congress as a termite, Modi stressed on the need to uproot the Congress and said that the sweat of the BJP activists is the best medicine to do so.

Talking about the good governance of the BJP-ruled states, Modi said, "I want to tell political pundits -- the nation has seen rule by Leftists, by Congress, by coalitions and they have seen the work of the BJP. Evaluate their tenure and in good governance we will come out shining. Whenever we have got a chance to serve, we have given something to the nation."

Modi went on to say, "Many people say -- leave it nothing will happen. I want to place two examples. We had the same farms, the same land, the same water, the same farmers but still we had to import grains. It was one Lal Bahadur Shastri who said Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan and the farmers rose, determined to ensure that we will not get grains from outside!"

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He added, "When Atal's government did the nuclear tests the world got angry, they put sanctions on us. In a matter of hours they tried to isolate India. That time the Congress said the tests were due to the scientists but despite the world anger we tested again two days later on May 13th! More strength was needed to test two days after the first tests were done and it shows what a leader can do."

Puncturing the Congress' claim of starting 'reforms' in the nation, Modi declared, "These days there is talk of economic reforms. I ask the government -- are the steps you are taking reforms? You call clearing your mistakes reforms?"

Taking a dig at the political pundits who defend every step of the Congress, the chief minister said, "More than the Congress I feel sad for the political pundits who give certificates day and night to the Congress."

Concluding his address remembering Deen Dayal Upadhyaya, Swami Vivekananda, he said, "Mana andhera ghana hai, lekin diya jalana kahan mana hai? Aiye yahan se chal pade aur kamal ke saath diya jalaye, vikas ki roshni failaye! (Agreed there is immense darkness but what prevents us from lighting the lamp? Come, let us set forth from here and light the lamp with the Lotus, spreading the brightness of development!)"


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