Continuing his Lok Sabha plank of ousting the Congress, Prime Minister Narendra Modi sought a clear mandate for the BJP on Saturday in Haryana for putting the state on a growth trajectory.
Kicking off his party’s poll campaign in Haryana, he hit out at the Congress for the state’s backwardness.
Attacking the ruling Congress in the state, Modi said that those who could not do anything for the last 60 years are now asking for his record in 60 days.
“The people who could not do anything in 60 years, they are asking for my 60 day record,” he said.
PM Modi said that today the entire world is looking at India with greater respect and this had happened not because of him, but the power of 125 crore people of India, who had formed a strong and stable government at the Centre.
“Why has India’s pride increased today? It is not because of Modi, it is because 125 crore people of India have formed a stable and strong government in Delhi. This is your magic not Modi’s magic. Do you want that Haryana’s name also echo around the world?” he asked.
“Its first condition is that there should be ‘Congress mukt Haryana’. The second is that a stable government with full majority should be formed. And third, there should be a government which lets Modi work in Haryana,” he said.
Modi also launched a veiled attack on main opposition INLD, asking the people whether they would like the State being governed from jail.
INLD President and former Chief Minister of Haryana Om Prakash Chautala has been sentenced in the teachers recruitment scam.
Chautala, who is out on bail on health grounds, had said that he would take oath as the next CM from Tihar Jail.
Launching a scathing attack on the Congress over alleged land scams, Modi said that thousands of acres of land had vanished and farmers were deprived of adequate compensation.
“Who has taken these lands; I want to ask you did you get compensation for your land. Where the thousands of acres of land have have gone, who has taken it,” he said.
“Who is anti-farmer, you have to decide. We have to change this, for this I want a clear mandate in Haryana, make our candidates victorious . . .”
At the outset, Modi sought to strike an emotional chord with the people.
He said that Haryana is the land of “Daanveer Karan”, the land on which the Mahabharata battle was fought and holy Gita’s message was delivered.
Elections to the 90-member Haryana Assembly will be held on October 15.
Haryana is set to witness a multi-corner contest with key players Congress, BJP, Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), Haryana Lokhit Party (HLP), BSP, Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC)-Jan Chetna Manch (JCM) alliance all set to cross swords.