Narendra Modi speaking at the BJP national convention, said, that opposition parties who could not stay with the Congress when it was in power were trying to join hands and form a coalition, when the party is down in the dumps. He accused the opposition of having surrendered to the Congress.
“I am not claiming that I have tackled every challenge,” Modi said. “But I have made an honest effort.” He pitched himself as an “honest, sincere, hardworking, committed Pradhan Sewak”, contrasted with someone “who siphons off the country’s money to distribute among his family and friends, runs away for a holiday when the country faces difficulties, and who goes around badmouthing India in other countries”. He did not name Congress president Rahul Gandhi, however.
In his 80-minute speech, the Prime Minister pitched strongly for a renewed mandate with formidable numbers, and sought to address the two major issues that the Opposition has targeted his government with — the Rafale aircraft deal and the crisis in the agrarian sector.
“We want a strong government so that we can put an end to corruption,” he said. “These days there is a failed experiment being attempted in the country, which is known as the grand alliance. They have all come together to create a hapless government. They don’t want a strong government which will lead to the shutting down of their self-serving businesses. They want a hapless government, so that their relatives can benefit.”
“Swatantrata ke baad agar Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel desh ke pehle pradhan mantri bante toh desh ki tasveer kuchh aur hi hoti, waise hi 2004 ke chunav ke baad against Atalji pradhan mantri bane rehte toh aaj Bharat kahin aur hota (India’s situation would have been very different if Patel had been its first prime minister, and if Vajpayee had been re-elected.),” Modi said. “It will not be wrong to say that India wasted 10 years in the dark period between 2004 and 2014 in scams and corruption.”
To counter the Opposition campaign over the agrarian crisis, Modi said his government was “sincerely” working to solve the problems faced by farmers. “The annadata (provider of food) was turned into a mere mattdata (voter) by previous governments. We are making sincere efforts to empower them. We want to make farmers the carriers of the new energy of a new India.”
He cautioned party cadres against complacency — the assumption that “Modi will come and deliver victory” — and asked them to work hard for victory. “The seeds may be good, rains may arrive and everything else may be in order, but the crop won’t be good if farmers do not till the land at the right time. Liike farmers, we have to apply ourselves,” Modi said.