Madhya Pradesh

Fearing defeat, Cong knocking at the doors of small parties: Modi

PM, Amit Shah address 'world's biggest political congregation' at Bhopal; seek another chance

Bhopal: Addressing a mammoth ‘Karyakarta Mahakumbh’ here on Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi mocked at the ‘150-year-old Congress’ for ‘knocking at the doors of small parties’. “Let them do what they want to, we will fight the elections with jan bal (people’s power) and not dhan bal (money power),” he said.

‘Mahagathbandhan’

Modi said that things have come to such a pass that now other countries are deciding who the next Prime Minister of India would be. He said that the Congress’ Mahagahthbandhan was not for the country’s good but was born out of fear of defeat.

The gathering at the city’s sprawling Jamboree Maidan, was claimed to the biggest political congregation in the world, with more than 10 lakh party workers from all over MP attending it.

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Cong should introspect

Modi said that today we have look with a microscope for a party that ruled India for 60 years. “Let the Congress introspect. We did not blame the EVMs for our electoral reverses. We looked into ourselves, we identified our weaknesses and we started working with a renewed vigour. The Congress has been reduced from 440 to 44 but it is still not ready to introspect. They are arrogant, they think top positions are reserved for them. The son of a poor man like Shivraj, a chai wallah, cannot occupy the gaddi, ” he said.

The Prime Minister said that the Gandhi, Ram Manohar Lohia and Deendayal Upadhyaya were the leaders whose ideology the BJP follows.

Modi most popular leader in the world: Shah

Earlier, addressing the gathering, BJP national chief Amit Shah said that Modi was the ‘most popular leader’ in the world and the BJP is the biggest party on the globe with 11 crore members. “Whereever Modi ji goes in the world – Russia, US, Japan, Bhutan or Nepal – it is Modi, Modi all the way,” Shah said.

Referring to the NRC, he said that no matter what the opposition parties, the ‘illegal infiltrators’ would be driven out of the country.

Rahul is fun machine: Shivraj

Speaking at the meet, Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan described Congress national president Rahul Gandhi as a ‘fun machine’. “He has reduced politics to a tamasha. He winks in Parliament, he winks at tea shops”, he said.

Chouhan said that Rahul Gandhi came to Bhopal donning the mantle of a Shiv Bhakta. “Photographs of his visit to Mansarovar were uploaded on social media. But when he visits foreign nations, why are his pictures not made viral,” he asked.

Shivraj also took a dig at the Rahul Gandhi on the issue of the latter’s concern for farmers. “He does not know whether carrots grow under the soil or over it and he is talking of farmers,” he said.

State BJP president Rakesh Singh and Uma Bharati also addressed the gathering.

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Prabhatesh Tripathi

Principal Correspondent dbpost covering, political and policy affairs in Madhya Pradesh