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I have become gaali proof: Modi on personal attacks

Source: ANI   -  Edited By: Hemant Waje
May 28, 2024 14:59 IST
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday targtted the opposition parties and said that they believe they have the right to abuse and that he has become "gaali-proof" after "being continuously abused for the last 24 years".

IMAGE: Prime Minister Narendra Modi during an interview in New Delhi. Photograph: ANI

In an interview with ANI, Modi said opposition parties have become "so frustrated that now abusing has become their nature".

"As far as Modi is concerned, after being continuously abused for the last 24 years, I have become 'gaali proof'. Who called me 'maut ka saudaagar' and 'gandi naali ka keeda'? Our party member in the parliament did the calculation and counted 101 abuses, so whether there is election or no election, these people (Opposition) believe that only they have the right to abuse and they have become so frustrated that now abusing has become their nature," he said, answering a query on personal attacks against him.

Modi rejected allegations of opposition leaders that probe agencies were being misused to suppress them and said his government has told its officers that there will be zero-tolerance towards corruption.

"Ask the person who is throwing this garbage, what is the proof of what you are saying? I will convert this garbage into manure and will produce some good things for the country from it. When Manmohan Singh was in power for 10 years, Rs 34 lakhs were seized and currently in the last 10 years ED has seized Rs 2,200 crores. The one who has brought back Rs 2,200 crores to the country should be respected and not abused. The one whose money has gone is abusing...It means that whoever has a part in stealing money will shout a little after being caught. Today, a Sarpanch has the right to sign on a chequebook but the Prime Minister of the country does not have it. The Modi government has told its officers that my government has zero tolerance towards corruption," he said.


The PM said the opposition should be asked about the proof they have over their allegations of interference in the functioning of the central probe agencies.

He also said that the government does not interfere in the work of probe agencies.

Asked about Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's allegation that Modi decides who will go to the jail, he said, "it would be better if these people read the Constitution, read the law of the country, I do not need to say anything to anyone."

Accusing the INDIA bloc of indulging in "vote bank politics," Modi criticised opposition parties for undermining the constitutional rights of Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST), and Other Backward Classes (OBC), stating that these groups needed to be protected.

He explained why reservation had become a crucial issue in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, framing his narrative as a call to safeguard the constitutional principles and the rights of marginalized communities.

"I want to alert the SC, ST, OBC & other backward-class people because by keeping them in darkness they (opposition) are looting them. Election is such a time, that I should make the countrymen aware of the biggest crisis that is coming. Therefore, I have been explaining this to the people. The basic spirit of the Constitution of India is being violated and that too for the sake of vote bank politics... Those who call themselves well-wishers of the Dalits, Tribals, are in reality their staunch enemies...There is an imprint of the Muslim League in their manifesto...Do you want to destroy the coming generations also for the sake of vote-bank?... I will fight for the rights of my Dalit, Tribal, OBC brothers and sisters. And that's why I'm fighting the battle."

Modi said that those who call themselves the biggest sympathisers of the backward communities are in reality their biggest enemies.

Accusing the opposition of converting educational institutions into minority institutions, the PM highlighted that this action ended protections for SC, ST, and OBC communities.

"They swiftly converted educational institutions into minority institutions, thereby eliminating reservations. For instance, in Delhi, Jamia Millia University was designated a minority institution, resulting in the loss of reservations, affecting both admissions and jobs. It later emerged that around 10,000 such institutions have been removed from the reach of SC, ST, and OBC protections," PM Modi said.

"They had made arrangements for it and even leveraged it for vote bank politics. When this concerning issue came to my attention, I felt it was my duty to take charge of the country," he added.

Modi also expressed his concerns about the Congress party's stance on reservations, which became evident to him after they released their manifesto.

He recounted his reaction to the manifesto, describing it as a reflection of the Muslim League's approach.

The Congress party in its manifesto, 'Nyay Patra' released on April 5 mentioned that it will pass a constitutional amendment to raise the 50 per cent cap on reservations for SCs, STs and OBCs.

"This manifesto gave me another shock. And that's why when I saw the first manifesto, my first thought was that this manifesto has the imprint of Muslim League. So for two-three days they thought that there is no need to respond to this. When they did not give any answer, that is when I started opening up one by one. For example, in this country, they say that we will also fix quota for minorities in sports. Today, children from Punjab are doing very well in the world of sports. Our youth in Bengal are doing very well in football. Our youth in Uttar Pradesh are doing very well in athletics. The youth put in so much of hard work, they wake up at 4 in the morning. Congress says this will now go to the minority, so where will my hardworking young man go? What will happen to him?" PM Modi pointed out.

The Prime Minister criticized the Congress party's proposal to reserve government tenders for minorities. He explained that for critical projects, such as constructing an important bridge, the contract should go to the company with the best track record, resources, capabilities, and qualifications.

"Suppose today a very important bridge is being built... who will build the bridge? The one who has a track record, the one who has the resources, the one who has the capability, the one who can perform, the one who meets all the requirements. There is competition in that. And the one who wins the competition gets the tender. They don't say this. All this happens later. Now tell me, if in the same way, only on the basis of religion, quotas are given, that bridge will be built and people will be killed, then who will be responsible? Do you want to destroy the future generations for the vote bank? So these were some topics which the Congress brought in their politics of vote bank and it is now upto me to save the rights of my OBC, SC, ST brothers and sisters," he said.

Modi said that the atrocities committed by the opposition related to reservation came to light after the recent decision by the Calcutta High Court to cancel OBC certificates was declared.

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Source: ANI  -  Edited By: Hemant Waje
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