Addressing a rally in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Thursday said the Congress continues to mock the poor and cannot tolerate a one time seller of tea becoming the nation's prime minister.
“The Congress Party speaks about the poor all the time. They remember the poor only when elections are near. In so many years, they spoke so much about the poor, but then there is no change in the condition of the poor,” said Modi.
“I have found the answer to this. The future of the Congress is in keeping the poor people poor. They do not have the confidence to tolerate a tea seller. Congress is exploiting our poverty. Will you tolerate the insult to the poor?” asked Modi.
“Will you tolerate a party that makes a vote bank of the poor? This is not a subject of a tea seller anymore. Can you get food in 12 or five rupees? If this is not a joke on the poor, than what is?” he asked.
He further said that it was the poor who had to suffer and die due to the ignorance of the government.
“It is the poor who suffer and die, and the governments in UP and Delhi are not interested in fighting against poverty. Which youngster wants to travel miles to Gujarat and leave his land and elderly parents?” asked Modi.
“If he got a daily living in his own city or village, they would not have to leave Uttar Pradesh. UP has been given so many gifts by God and I am sure in 10 years, UP can outshine any other state,” he said.
He also said that the Congress considered Scheduled castes important only while elections.
“People do not consider Dalits, tribals and marginalised people important. They are important only for vote banks. In the four states where BJP has been victorious, we won by a huge margin and in Rajasthan there are 34 seats reserved for SC communities. Congress did not even win one,” he said.
“There are 10 seats for SC communities in Chhattisgarh and Congress won only 1 seat. The Dalits, tribals and marginalised people have confidence in BJP now,” he added.
He also said that he was glad that the youth ran across the country for a noble cause.
“I want to honour the youth of Uttar Pradesh. On 15 December, on the anniversary of Sardar Vallabhai Patel, there was a Unity run across the country,” said Modi.
“I am pleased to say that in every corner of Uttar Pradesh, people ran in his memory, and this became a world record .50 lakh people ran across the country for a single cause,” he said.
He further said that the gathering of so many people at the rally affirmed that Indian will be Congress free soon.
“In this cold and that too in far-flung areas, a rally can attract so many people. The wind is blowing in a particular direction. Your voice can be heard in the streets of Varanasi also. This vision affirms that Indian will be Congress free soon,” he said.