Some political parties have “created a division in society to appease a particular section” for the politics of the vote bank, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said at a rally at the Dehradun parade ground on Saturday.
“There are political parties in the country that have always created a divide in society to appease a party. This section can be a particular caste or religion, ”Modi said ahead of the February 2022 legislative elections in Uttarakhand. “These parties have always seen this section as their vote bank.”
“These parties have also worked to weaken the public to believe that government alone is everything to them. Such an approach from these parties has always wanted to make people dependent on their government. They did this as part of a conspiracy without anyone knowing about it, ”the prime minister said in a campaign speech. “But the path that the government has chosen is a totally different but difficult path, because we are working on the principle of sabka saath, sabka vikas (with everyone, for everyone’s development). All of our social protection programs aim to benefit all sections of society equally. “
The ruling Bharatiya Janata party election rally brought together prominent heads of state, including Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami, Uttarakhand Party Chairman Madan Kaushik, Deputy Defense Minister Ajay Bhatt and poll official ‘Uttarakhand Prahlad Joshi, among others.
The BJP government wants to make the country strong, Modi said. “And to make the country strong, we make the people strong,” he said. “We want people not to depend on anyone but to be self-reliant. ”
The prime minister accused the previous congressional-led central government of engaging in corruption in the name of infrastructure development.
“At the turn of the century, the central government headed by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee launched important works to improve road connectivity in the country. But after him, there was a government for 10 years, which only made scams and scandals under the pretext of infrastructure development, ”Modi said. “To make up for this crucial lost period, our government is now carrying out infrastructure development projects at double speed.”
In the past five years, the central government has approved development projects worth more than ??1,000 billion for the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, he said.
“The government of Uttarakhand implemented them quickly. These projects come from various sectors, including road infrastructure, pilgrimage, irrigation, water and others. These will not only contribute to the development of the state, but will also create many jobs, ”the Prime Minister said during the election campaign. “The previous Central government only built 288 km of national highways in seven years in Uttarakhand, while our central government built over 2,000 km of national highways in seven years. “
Highlighting the ongoing restoration and reconstruction work at Kedarnath Shrine after the 2013 downpour tragedy, Modi said the number of pilgrims had increased “significantly”.
“In 2012, before tragedy struck the Kedarnath shrine, a total of 5.70 lakhs of pilgrims visited the shrine. While in 2019, amid the ongoing restoration works, more than 10 lakh pilgrims visited the shrine, ”he said. “The restoration and upgrading of the facilities not only increased the number of pilgrims, but also created a number of jobs in the state.
“The party that is splitting up in the rest of the country cannot work for the prosperity of Uttarakhand,” the prime minister said, referring to Congress, but without naming him. “That is why I ask all of you to bless us once again so that the BJP can continue to work for the immense development of the state under the leadership of young Chief Minister Dhami.”
Earlier, Modi drew the applause of thousands when he began his speech with a few sentences in the local Garhwali language. He also virtually inaugurated and laid the foundation stones for various development projects worth around ??18,000 croreat the campaign rally.
The BJP rally was a “failed event,” the opposition Congress said.
“It was clearly a failure with the fact that only 25,000 to 30,000 people attended against the big demand to gather more than a lakh of people,” said the party’s state chairman, Ganesh Godiyal. “People now understand very well the tactics of BJP and Modi to deceive people with false promises. This will not happen again. The people of Uttarakhand will teach them a lesson by ousting them from power in the legislative elections of 2022. ”