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PM Modi Sounds Poll Bugle in Chhattisgarh With Focus on Development, Stability

The Prime Minister said Chhattisgarh had changed people's perception that smaller states suffer from political instability and asked the people to once again choose a stable government in the upcoming polls.


Updated:September 22, 2018, 7:31 PM IST
PM Modi Sounds Poll Bugle in Chhattisgarh With Focus on Development, Stability
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses a rally on Saturday.

Janjgir (Chhattisgarh): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday targeted the Congress over corruption and for ignoring farmers' interest, as he kicked off the BJP's election campaign by asking people to elect a stable government in poll-bound Chhattisgarh.

He stressed that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-ruled state has shown that development is possible with a stable government.

Addressing a farmers’ rally here, Modi said the only objective of the BJP-led governments at the Centre and in Chhattisgarh was the welfare of the poor and the common people. He said Chhattisgarh was earlier identified with "jungles, tribals, terrorism and naxalism". "If news used to come (from the state), they would be about abduction, bomb and pistols and those of bloodshed by misguided youth... But, the BJP-led Chhattisgarh government braved all these challenges with an aim to take the state on the rapid path of development," the Prime Minister said.

Modi said, “Our policies are clean and intention is clear” and whether it is Delhi or Raipur, the aim is to ensure "sabka samagra vikas" (all round development of everyone). Referring to "lack of development" during the long Congress rule in the country after Independence, he said in those times, the Centre would send money to the states but it was not utilised for development works.

Modi said a former prime minister from the Congress had once said that if a rupee is sent from Delhi, only 15 paise reach the intended beneficiary. "Whose Panja (palm) took away the (rest of the) money?" he said, in an apparent reference to the Congress' election symbol. "Now, all of 100 paise reach the beneficiary which is why development is seen everywhere. My government frames programmes and policies for all," he said.

Modi said former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's idea of creating smaller states of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Uttarakhand had resulted in development of hilly and backward areas in these regions. "Had Chhattisgarh remained part of Madhya Pradesh and the Congress continued to be in power at the Centre, there would have been no development in the state," he said.

"Earlier, chief ministers would come here from Bhopal (when the state was part of Madhya Pradesh) if they got time. You know and I know why they came here. The less said, the better (about it)," Modi said cryptically.

He said Chhattisgarh had changed people's perception that smaller states suffer from political instability. The Prime Minister said the NDA government did not believe in making schemes for vote bank or to win elections. "Programmes and policies framed by my government are for benefit of all, not targeted at a particular vote bank," he said. "Despite allegations, rumours and misinformation, people of Chhattisgarh have been giving stable governments," Modi said, as he also asked them to elect a stable government in the upcoming assembly polls due later this year.

He said 'chawal wale baba' (man with a sack of rice) — a term used to describe Raman Singh for distributing rice at a very low price to poor people — will ensure development of all.

Modi said the BJP wants to create a new, modern Chhattisgarh and it is moving ahead with the mission of "Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas".

Citing various Centre-run schemes targeted at benefitting farmers, he said the government will ensure that farmers’ income is doubled by 2022. The Prime Minister said the central government will ensure that power connection is given to each home across the country under the Saubhagya Yojana.

Modi also laid foundation stones of developmental projects worth over Rs 3,000 crore, including Rs 1,607 crore Bilaspur-Pathrapali four-lane road and Rs 1,697 crore Bilaspur-Anuppur third railway line. The South-Eastern Central Railway's Bilaspur-Anuppur division's third line will link Bilaspur-Anuppur district headquarter town in Madhya Pradesh. The length of the track will be 152km of which 119.55km falls under Chhattisgarh and around 32.45km in Madhya Pradesh. The transportation of coal from South Eastern Coal Limited from Raigarh and Mand region will be easier after the implementation of the region.

Chief minister Raman Singh, Union ministers Nitin Gadkari and Vishnu Dev Sai besides other state ministers and officials were present during the event at Janjgir, about 156km from state capital Raipur. Singh, in his address, thanked the Prime Minister for providing relief to people of the state through different Centre-run welfare schemes such as Ujjwala and housing for all programme.

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