Narendra Modi blames Congress for neglecting Jharkhand for 50 years

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is all set to address `Vijay Sankalp` rally in Jharkhand on Sunday.

By Supriya Jha | Updated: Dec 29, 2013, 22:15 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau

Ranchi: Speaking from an ambitiously designed `Parliament` shaped stage, the Bharatiya Janata Party prime ministerial candidate and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday blamed the `paralysed` Central government for the woes of the people of Jharkhand, calling the Congress party a `burden`.

Addressing the `Vijay Sankalp Rally` at Dhurva Ground in Ranchi, Modi urged the electorate of Jharkhand to cede all 14 seats to the BJP in 2014 Lok Sabha Elections so that the state could hope for a brighter future.

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Starting his speech with accolades for former PM and BJP leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Modi said that the towering leader had a vision for the people of Jharkhand and that vision needs to be fulfilled.

He added that the Congress had neglected the people for 50 long years and it was Atal ji who understood the people`s ambitions, creating a separate state of Jharkhand.

In a post tweeted just a couple of hours after the rally, Modi reiterated his criticism for the Congress.

Slamming the Central government for the pathetic condition of electricity supply in Jharkhand, Modi said that given the abundance of natural resource of coal, the state has the ability to light up the entire country if the power stations were built.

“But today the state is in darkness. The Centre doesn`t care,” Modi said.

In an apparent swipe at Rahul Gandhi`s recent meeting with CM`s of Congress-ruled states on price rise and corruption, Modi said that Congress was a party that believed only in announcing `Aakashwaani` (celestial voices) as its leaders are incapable of hearing people`s voices.

“..In ancient times, people heard akashwani (celestial voices) that came as if they (voices) were not concerned about the happenings around....Today, there is akashwani that CMs will do this, CMs will do that.... they can`t hear people`s voices,” said Modi.

Further slamming the Congress, Modi said that the central government was paralysed and cut off from the public.

“What is needed is not just promises, but intentions. Nor does Congress have good intentions, neither morality in their intentions.”

In a scathing critique of Congress government`s misrule, Modi questioned why was the state of Jharkhand lagging way behind Chhattisgarh (which has a BJP government) even when both of them were created simultaneously.

Ensuring a brighter future for the state, Modi ueged the people to vote for the BJP in 2014 LS polls.

“In 2014, let all the 14 seats of Jharkhand come to the BJP,” he said.

Reacting quickly to the applause and frequent claps showered on him by people in the crowd, Modi interspersed his speech with `Thanks` again and again.

Towards the end of his speech, Modi spoke rhetorically explaining what the real aspirations of the people were.

He said, “The country need development, and not division. People of the country need opportunities, not opportunistic politics. The youth need employment and not political chaos. People need skills, not free sops. People need security, not the poison of communalism. The elders need support and not struggle.”
Hailing it as a historic rally, Modi said that it was an indication of the imminent change that was to come.

He said that the huge rally with a sea of humanity made it clear that the 2014 polls would be a “people`s revolution against misgovernance”.