‘Opposition wants a helpless government’: PM Modi on anti-BJP front for 2019 Lok Sabha polls

PM Modi said the opposition was trying to make a ‘majboor sarkaar’ (helpless government) instead of a ‘majboot sarkar’ (strong government) as they wanted to indulge in scams and corruption.

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday slammed the opposition alliance for its efforts to cobble up an anti-BJP front ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha election, calling it a ‘failed experiment’.

“These days, a campaign is going on to publicise a failed experiment in the history of Indian politics by the name of mahagathbandhan,” he said on Saturday addressing BJP workers at the party’s national council meet in New Delhi.

He said the opposition was trying to make a ‘majboor sarkaar’ (helpless government) instead of a ‘majboot sarkar’ (strong government) as they wanted to indulge in scams and corruption.

The PM’s comments came on a day the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party formed an alliance for the 2019 polls. Both the parties will contest 38 seats each in UttarPradesh, leaving two seats for the Congress and two for other allies.

They want a helpless government so that they can indulge in corruption. We want a strong government so that we can put an end to corruption. They want a helpless government so that they can do good for their relatives. We want a strong government so that we can usher development for everyone (sabka saath, sabka vikas),” he said.

He also slammed the governments of Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh for withdrawing general consent to the CBI in their respective state and asked why they were afraid and what irregularities they have done. At the same time, he mentioned about his experiences with the central agencies during the UPA rule.

“Despite being harassed by the UPA government for years when I was Gujarat CM, we didn’t ban entry of CBI in state,” he said.

The prime minister said 10-per cent reservation in education and government jobs for the youth from economically weaker sections will enhance the confidence of ‘New India’ and asserted that the new arrangement will not encroach upon anyone’s rights.

PM Modi said that for the first time in the country’s history, there has not been any charge of corruption against a government. The BJP rule has proved that the country can be run without corruption, he added. He said earlier governments saw farmers (annadata) as only ‘matdata’ (voters), while his government was constantly trying to address challenges faced by them.