Gondia: Prime Minister Narendra Modi labelled the previous NCP-Congress government as looters while addressing a rally in Gondia ahead of the Maharashtra assembly elections.
Modi said that NCP chief Sharad Pawar played safe by not contesting the Lok Sabha elections which led to his party's debacle. The PM claimed that Pawar instead made Gondia MP Praful Patel the scapegoat. Modi also stepped up the attack on former CM Prithviraj Chavan saying that he is so scared that he does not even want to sit beside him (Modi).
The PM also accused the previous NCP-Congress government for looting the state for the last 15 years. Labelling the Chavan government as 'bhrastacharwadi', the PM exhorted the youth saying that it is upto them whether they would want to elect such a corrupt government to power again.
Making an implicit mention of the NCP-Congress split, Modi said that since the former feared defeat, so it left the government.
The PM drew a parallel with Maharashtra's neighbouring state of Chhattisgarh, asserting that while the ruling BJP government has worked consistently to develop Chhattisgarh, the previous NCP-Congress government has done little for the state. Giving the example of Gondia itself, the PM said that while incumbent Raman Singh government has been working assiduously for the upliftment of the tribal community in Chhattisgarh, the same can unfortunately not be said about Gondia, a tribal dominated area.
Modi said that the era of alliances is over and asked the people of Maharashtra to give the BJP "a full majority" in the Assembly elections.
Modi cited examples of adjoining Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh where voters had given the BJP a full majority.
"Maharashtra could be the number one state in the country," he said.
Appealing to Maoists to shun violence and return to the mainstream, Modi said, "Put down guns from your shoulders and put ploughs on your shoulder. You will get relief".
"Return to the mainstream. Stop the bloodshed. Be a partner in the country's progress. Nobody has succeeded through violence," he said.
However, a BJP election rally scheduled at Nashik
on Sunday evening was cancelled due to heavy rains.
(With inputs from PTI)