Beed (Maharashtra): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday started his Maharashtra campaign trail in Beed, the bastion of late BJP leader Gopinath Munde. While addressing an election rally, he slammed the former Congress-NCP government and accused them of corruption and ignoring the interests of the people of the state.
Modi said, "The gotra (clan) of Congress and NCP is same. Their habits, culture and goals are same. They aren't rashtravadi (nationalist) but bhrashtacharvadi (corrupt)."
He added, "Amitabh Bachchan hosts 'Kaun Banega Crorepati' on TV, Congress plays Kaun Banega Arabpati in Maharashtra."
As the state was ruled by many chief ministers in last 10 years, Modi hit out at the former government saying, "They kept changing chief ministers and many people fulfilled their dream of becoming CM, but not even a single dream of a common Maharashtrian was fulfilled."
Modi hit back at Congress chief Sonia Gandhi for accusing his government of not fulfilling poll promises, saying those seeking account of his performance in four months in power, have done little in the last 60 years.
Modi said,"They want an account of my work...what have they done in the past 60 years. Give me 60 months and I will pull the country out of the troubles," he said.
The state will go for Assembly elections on October 15 and bypoll to the Beed Lok Sabha seat will also be held on the same day. The bypoll was necessitated following the death of Union Minister Munde in a road mishap in Delhi soon after the Modi government came to power.
The Prime Minister also sought complete majority for the BJP in the state, saying the party was required for development.
He said while 3,700 farmers commit suicide in the state annually, the UPA government in Delhi failed to provide them with water for irrigation.
"If the farmer is provided with water and electricity he can turn the fields into goldmine," he said.
Recalling Munde's leadership, he said had the late BJP leader been alive, there was no need for him to come to Beed for election rally.
The BJP is not contesting the Assembly polls with its previous ally Shiv Sena as the two parted ways recently.
(With additional information from PTI)