Congress now chants Ram name: Modi

The Asian Age With Agency Inputs

India, Politics

Says first denied Lord Ram, now chanting Jai Shri Ram

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Haryana Governor Bandaru Dattatreya, Chief Minister Manohar Lal and others visits an exhibition of various development projects, in Rewari district, Friday, Feb. 16, 2024. (PTI Photo)

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of multiple development projects worth more than Rs 26,750 crores in Haryana and Rajasthan. Addressing rallies in Rewari in Haryana and Jaipur in Rajasthan (virtually), the Prime Minister flayed the Congress for keeping the interests of one family above those of the country. He said the Congress neither has the foresight to frame positive policies nor the road map for them.      

In Rewari, the Prime Minister laid the foundation for the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). During his visit, the Prime Minister inaugurated, dedicated to the nation and laid the foundation for multiple development projects in Haryana worth more than Rs 9,770 crores related to urban transport, health, rail and tourism.

Mr Modi asserted that India has touched new heights in the world today and that it has been possible because of people's blessings. Referring to his visit to the UAE and Qatar earlier this week, the Prime Minister said that the respect that India now gets from every corner is not of Modi alone but of every Indian.

Launching a stinging attack on the Congress, Mr Modi said that those who used to call Lord Ram imaginary and did not want a temple in Ayodhya to be constructed are also chanting "Jai Siya Ram" now.

The Prime Minister noted that for decades, the Congress had created obstacles in the abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution, which accorded special status to the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir. Mr Modi said that he had given a guarantee and fulfilled it by scrapping Article 370.

The Congress' track record is to keep the interest of one family above that of the country and its people, he charged. The Congress' track record is of the biggest scams in history, he said.

Mr Modi said that his first programme after the BJP declared him as its prime ministerial candidate in the run-up to the 2014 general elections was in Rewari in September 2013.

"As prime ministerial candidate, I had given some guarantees. The country wanted a grand Ram temple in Ayodhya and it has been fulfilled,” he said.
Mr Modi further noted that people are now saying that since he has come to Rewari again, the BJP-led NDA will win more than 400 seats this time -- 'Abki Baar NDA Sarkar 400 Paar' -- with people's blessings.

“Seats are important in a democracy, but for me, people's blessings are the biggest asset,” he said, asserting that India could successfully host the G-20 summit last year because of people's blessings.

“In the 10 years of his government, India rose from the eleventh spot to become the fifth largest economy in the world and it was due to people's blessings. I need your blessings to make India the third largest economy in my third term in the coming years," the Prime Minister said.

Earlier, virtually addressing the “Viksit Bharat, Viksit Rajasthan” event in Jaipur, Rajasthan, the Prime Minister laid the foundation stones of projects worth about `17,000 crores and inaugurated various development works catering to different sectors, including roads, railways, solar energy, power transmission, drinking water, and petroleum and natural gas.

In his address, he again attacked the Congress, saying that everyone is leaving the party as it is trapped in the vicious circle of nepotism and dynastic politics.

"The Congress has only one agenda -- oppose Modi. They spread such things against Modi, which can divide society. This is what happens to a party when it gets trapped in the vicious cycle of dynastic politics. Today, everyone is leaving the Congress and only one family is seen there," he said.

He stated that the biggest challenge with the Congress is that it lacks the foresight to frame positive policies. He said, "Neither can the Congress foresee the future nor does it have any road map for it."

"When Modi fulfils his guarantees, some people lose sleep. You are looking at the situation of the Congress; you have recently taught a lesson to the Congress, but it does not accept it," he said, referring to the Rajasthan Assembly election results.

"They do not even take the name of 'Viksit Bharat' because Modi is working for it. They avoid 'Make in India' because Modi promotes it. They do not speak about 'Vocal for Local' because Modi insists on it. When India became the fifth-largest economic power, the whole country was happy, but the Congress people were not happy. When Modi says that India will become number three in the world in the next term, the whole country is filled with confidence, but the Congress people find disappointment in this too," he said.

Mr Modi mentioned that during the Congress era, the entire country faced darkness due to the shortage of electricity. "Even if electricity came, it came for a short period of time. Crores of houses did not have electricity connections. No country can develop without electricity. It would have taken decades to solve this problem at the speed at which the Congress was working,” he said.

Mr Modi pointed out that after coming to power, his government focused on getting the country out of this power shortage and made policies, took decisions and laid emphasis on the new sector of solar energy.
He said that the situation has completely changed today and India has become one of the leading countries in the world in terms of generating electricity from solar energy.

"The BJP's double-engine government is working rapidly to make Rajasthan self-reliant in electricity production," the Prime Minister said.