BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi Thursday hit out at a Congress woman parliamentarian for stalling infrastructural projects in Tamil Nadu, and promised an economic policy that would provide jobs to the youth.
Addressing an election rally in this town known for its textiles and turmeric, around 400 km from Chennai, the Bharatiya Janata Party leader said: "The economy would be reoriented with job creation at the centre." He said that after agriculture it was the textile sector that can provide a large number of jobs and it should be developed with the right kind of infrastructure.
Stating that the BJP in its manifesto has promised development of the handloom sector, the Gujarat chief minister accued the central government of following an economic policy that took away jobs from the youths while investors set up units in China and other countries. He said the general election was special as people would vote a government that works and also for a decisive and accountable prime minister who has a voice of his own within the government.
Modi, who was on a two-day tour of Tamil Nadu from Wednesday, spoke about the power shortage in the state and said that in Gujarat, load-shedding was a thing of the past. Modi said a woman Rajya Sabha member of the Congress from Tamil Nadu was responsible for delaying several infrastructure projects in the country. The nation was told that the projects were held up for green reasons.
Infrastructure projects were stalled and "Jayantiji tax" was levied on the pretext of environment, he said, referring to former union minister Jayanthi Natarajan. Wooing first-time voters and the youths in the age group of 18-28, the BJP leader asked them not to waste five years of their lives by not voting for candidates of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA).
He said the NDA will not only change the face of the country but also that of Tamil Nadu.