Prime Minister Narendra Modi has begun his campaign on Sunday in the poll-bound Maharashtra with rallies in Jalgaon and Sakloli. Haryana and Maharashtra will go to polls same-day on October 21 and will declare it’s mandate on October 24.
His campaign rallies came a day after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) published it’s manifesto for the state. In the manifesto, the party has introduced the names of Mahatma Phule, Savitribai Phule and Veer Savarkar for the Bharat Ratna among guarantee of one crore jobs and better healthcare facilities in the state.
Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh are crown of the country
He said, for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government, Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh are not just the pieces of land but the forehead of the country and its people are also the sons of Maa Bharti (motherland) only. Addressing his first election rally at Jalgaon, PM Modi said that the August 5 decision of his government to abrogate article 370 and 35A from Jammu and Kashmir is inevitable.
PM Modi condemned the opposition parties of politicizing the matter of Article 370
He urged people to ask Congress party leaders as well as Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leaders, when they come to ask for votes, whether they support the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government’s decision to repeal the provisions of J&K that gave a special status to the state. He charged opposition parties of speaking the same lines as that of the neighboring rival country.
He also targeted Congress party leader, Rahul Gandhi, and NCP chief, Sharad Pawar, for questioning the government’s move to eliminate the Article 370. Prime Minister Modi asserted, “For political gains, some are openly saying that Article 370 has nothing to do in Maharashtra Assembly Polls, that J&K has nothing to try and do with Maharashtra.”
“It is due to Savarkar’s values that we put nationalism as the basis for nation-building. These people insulted Ambedkar and blocked efforts to admit him Bharat Ratna for decades,” PM Modi alleged in his rally in Maharashtra.
“Once a time, there were regular incidents of terrorist acts and hatred in Maharashtra. The culprits got away and settled in various countries. India wants to ask about the people who were in power then, how did all of this happen? How did they get away,” he roared against the country’s earlier government, major of which was led by Congress party.
Hailing the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis, the PM said that Maharashtra has been witnessing development under his leadership. “Before Fadnavis, you have seen governments that have had only one aim – their own progress and the progress of their families. But now the state is witnessing progress,” he claimed.
“To make India ‘Mahan’, the contribution of Maharashtra has been ‘maha’ (grand). You have established Narendra in Delhi, similarly established Devendra in Maharashtra. This Narendra-Devendra formula has been super hit for the past five years,” PM Modi said in Maharashtra’s Panvel.
“Our objective is Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas and in the past five years, we have taken great progress in this. I request you all to vote for the BJP and bring us back with an even higher majority,” PM Modi solicited the gathering.
Soliciting for high voter turnout, PM Modi said that elections are a festival of democracy and nobody should be behind celebrating this festival. He urged citizens of Maharashtra to come out and vote in large numbers on October 21.