Pune: Criticising UPA government for destroying all democratic institutions and bringing country's stature down, Gujarat chief minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi said that it was not a 'remote-controlled' government, but the remote (referring to Sonia Gandhi) has become the government.
Addressing a massive rally at Sir Parshurambhau College ground on Saturday, Modi appealed to Puneites to vote for winning 300 plus seats. He assured that he would provide a strong government to save the country from destruction caused by the 'handicapped' and 'dumb' government.
All the four candidates in Pune including Anil Shirole, Shaivajirao Adhalrao-Patil, Shrirang Barne, Mahadev Jankar, BJP state unit president Deveendra Fadanavis, RPI president Ramdas Athavale and other mega-alliance leaders were present at the event.
In his 55-minute speech, Modi criticised Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Dr Manmohan Singh. Referring to a book published titled 'Accidental PM', he said, "It is a government where the 'madam' used to decide everything. Be it the decision of cabinet or any transfer or appointment of minister."
"Prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh had no choice but to sign the files with his head down. That is the reason Shahjaada (Rahul) dared to tear off a piece of paper denoting cabinet decision and challenge the cabinet and the prime minister," he said.
Modi added that whether it is the Planning Commission or CAG or CVC, the government has brought down the esteem of all these institutions and indulged in war of words with its Army via the media. "This election is not for power but for saving the country from destruction," he said.
Alleging that inefficient people were promoted by UPA, Modi said that it was Sushilkumar Shinde who after his failure as the power minister, was made the home minister.
"The defeated and tainted Sheila Dikshit was made the governor. A foreign minister SM Krishna read out the written speech of a foreign minister of another country while the present foreign minister instead of taking hard stand at China praised China and said, 'I wish I could stay here forever," he said.
He said that the government flaunts its schemes as an answer to all problems but none of the schemes have reached out to needy in the country including Narega. "Is RTI applicable in Jammu and Kashmir?" he said.
On Pune candidate
Modi said that Congress was in such a bad shape in the city that it had to import an outsider as the candidate for the city which has a legacy of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and Lokmanya Tilak. "If they don't have anyone here in Pune, they can't have anyone in the entire country," he said
Speaking about Union minister Sharad Pawar, he said, "Earlier, he used to not go to Sonia Gandhi. Seems that she has caught him by Black Magic," he said.
On 'çhaukidaar' statement
Referring to Rahul Gandhi's criticism of making every citizen a Chaukidaar, Modi said, "Former Punjab chief minister Amrinder Singh has not disclosed foreign accounts and deposits. It is time for Sonia and Rahul to tell whether the country does not need chaukidaars? They would say that Ashok Chavan is also yet another chaukidaar."
Nothing on Kalmadi
While speaking about Commonwealth Games, he criticised Sheila Dikshit but did not mention Suresh Kalmadi. He said, "I will come back to 'what is in your mind' later."