BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi will be speaking at the 'Maha Garjana' rally in Bandra-Kurla Complex, in Mumbai, today.
This rally is a part of the ongoing nationwide campaign by the BJP in the run up to the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
The organisers are expecting huge crowds, and have made efforts to ensure high minority turn out. Reportedly, the city's tea vendors have been extended special invitations to the Gujarat chief minister's rally, further marking Modi, who started out as a tea-seller himself, as one among the people. BJP booked 21 long-distance trains, several buses and private vehicles to transport people to and from the venue.
In light of the Patna serial blasts at Modi's rally in October, Mumbai police has stepped up their security arrangements.
A wax statue of Narendra Modi was unveiled in Mumbai today
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JDU leader KC Tyagi claims that Modi’s rally in Mumbai costs over 50 crore. "BJP should give an account for it, where did this money come from?," he questions.
BJP leader Nitin Gadkari begins Maha Garjana rally. "The important question is whether we can save the nation or not?," he asks the public, while also adding that Narendra Modi leading BJP at the center as the prime minister will benefit the nation.
"If there is any party in the entire world that suffers malignant corruption its Congress," he adds Nitin Gadkari
Rajnath Singh woos the in with greeting in Marathi. "Mumbai mala khoob aavad the," he says.
Calls upon the greatness of leaders from Maharashtra like Chhatrapati Shivaji, BR Ambedkar, Saint Ramdas, as well as, Bal Thackeray.
Rajnath Singh refers to Congress' victory in Mizoram as a consolation prize.
"The people of India are frustrated at the Congress," Rajnath Singh points about. "Congress have failed to curb price rise. Even though they promised to reduce prices in under 100 days, during the last elections," he adds.
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"We promise to curb price rise, increase exports, decrease imports, boost the value of rupee," says Rajnath Singh.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee's "magic wand" that reduces prices is now with Narendra Modi, says Rajnath Singh.
"If Obama can sell ice cream, and Lincoln can be a wood cutter and still both become presidents of the USA , then why can't Narendra Modi, a former tea seller, become the prime minister of India," states Rajnath Singh.
Narendra Modi, begins his address in Marathi, to woo the crowds at 'Maha Garjana' rally in Mumbai.
"Mumbai is a second home to those us from Gujarat. The frequent usage of Gujarathi language is heartening," says Narendra Modi.
"There was once a time, 50 years ago, when Gujarat and Maharashtra was one state," recalls Modi.
"Gujarat and Maharashtra both started as independant states in the same year. And since then, Gujarat has had 14 chef ministers, while Maharastra has had 26," he point out.
"Reason for problems besieging the country is not our history or geography but Congress-ruled governments," Narendra Modi. "Congress is the root cause of all our problems and to cure the nation, it needs to be freed from the Congress rule," he adds while urging the citizens to raise a cry for "Congress Free India" much like the "Quit India" movement during the British rule.
"And also like the British, Congress party follows the principal of 'Divide and Rule'," Modi adds.
Brings up the issue of farmer suicides in Maharashtra. "If BJP were in power, I can assure you that there would have been no poverty or farmer suicide," Modi claims.
"I was appaled to listen to Congress leaders give speeches on corruption, when one of their leaders in Maharashtra is being accused of corruption," says Modi.
Octroi was replaced by LBT, which is only a technique to loot people," claims Modi. He further accuses the Congress of owning black money. "They will not take action to remove black money, because they themselves have ill-gotten wealth stashed away in Swiss Banks," he adds.
He claims that cable TV in Maharashtra had been blacked out prior to this rally in Mumbai.
Touching up on the issues of unemployment, he says, "All nations except Inida is focusing on skill development. It is imperative that Indians focus on skill development to boost employment. The current government has no policy to generate employment."
Modi asks the people if they want to rid the country of corruption. Gujarat checkpost is IT enabled, Maharashtra on the other hand is manual. And so, Gujarat checkpost collects Rs 1033 crore more than Maharashtra
He compares development in the Maharashtra and Gujarath and claims that people differentiate the states with their access to electricity—those villages with electricity are in Gujarat, while those in darkness are in Maharashtra.
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He criticised the governance in Maharashtra. He also states that the Sardar Sarovar dam project has been slowed down due to the lack of a gate.
Bad governance is like diabetes; we need to bring about good governance, says Narendra Modi. "Good governance is our birthright," he ads.
"Votes in India are cast for a political party, but I urge the people to not vote for political parties but for the country," he urges.
He asks the people to chant, " Vote for India"
"Freedom from dynastic policits; for good governance; for basic ammenities; for employment and education; for women dignity," he concludes in a chants along with the crowd.
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