Tuljapur: Training his guns on Congress and NCP, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said both the parties will not win more than 10 seats each in the Maharashtra Assembly polls.
"You all must have seen the clock (NCP's symbol) showing 10 minutes to 10. Do you know what does that indicate? It indicates that the Congress and the NCP will not be able to win more than 10 seats each in the upcoming polls," Modi said mocking the NCP's election symbol while addressing a poll rally in Maharashtra's Osmanabad district.
The Congress-NCP have looted enough in their 15-year rule and it's now time to bid them farewell, he said.
"I want to know from you, what did the Congress-NCP give you when they ruled this state. Did they do any good for farmers, for the villages or for cities? Then why do you let them survive? They have looted you enough in all these years, there is no place left for them here anymore," he said.
Terming the NCP as a "Naturally Corrupt Party," Modi said it is not a Rashtravadi (Nationalist) party, but a "bhrashtacharvadi" (corrupt) party.
"We all know the kind of language used by NCP leaders. My head hangs in shame listening to them. It's a pity that there are such people in Chhatrapti Shivaji's Maharashtra. We have to remove this 'kalank' (stain) from the state," he said in an indirect reference to NCP leaders R R Patil and Ajit Pawar whose statements earlier stoked controversy.
Patil had on Friday trivialised rape when he said an MNS candidate for the Assembly poll jailed for the offence could have waited for elections to get over before committing the crime.
Former Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, while ridiculing a farmer fasting for water had earlier said at Indapur, "He has been fasting for the last 55 days. If there is no water in the dam, how can we release it? Should we urinate into it? If there is no water to drink, even urination is not possible."
His remarks had triggered outrage, forcing him to tender an apology.
Laying emphasis on the need to connect various rivers criss-crossing different states of India, Modi said that such a programme will ensure that farmers are not deprived of water for their crops.