It was the moment everyone at Ramlila Maidan had been waiting for, and it came on Saturday afternoon when PM Narendra Modi took to the stage and announced the party’s mantra for the upcoming general elections to over 12,000 BJP workers.
Giving the valedictory address at the BJP’s two-day National Council meeting, the Prime Minister told all his workers and the party’s leadership that the 2019 polls will be a contest between a ‘mazboot’ (strong) and a ‘majboor’ (helpless) alternative.
“All the opposition parties have come together against one person. Their intent is to make a ‘majboor’ sarkar. They don’t want the country to have a ‘mazboot’ sarkar,” the PM said.
Modi’s message was aimed at instilling confidence in the saffron party’s cadre on a day long-standing arch rivals, Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party, put behind a two-decade-old feud to come together and challenge the BJP’s might in Uttar Pradesh. PM Modi told his party members that they had “nothing to fear” since there was no taint on the NDA government.
“It is the first time when there is no graft charge against the government. The previous government had pushed the country into darkness. The years between 2004 and 14 were lost amid allegations of scams and corruption,” he told the packed house.
The PM also clarified that government’s recent move to “grant 10 per cent reservation to the economically backward among the general category will not eat into the share of any other community/caste” that was benefiting from reservation. “Let me assure you that there will be a 10% increase in educational seats as well. There are some who are trying to spread misinformation and create unrest. We have to defeat them,” he said.
PM Modi reserved his most vicious attack on Congress and its first family. “Earlier, there’d be a loan acquisition process, aside from the common process, called the ‘Congress process’. In the latter, the ‘naamdaar’ would merely make a phone call and banks would be compelled to provide loans to his corrupt friends,” the PM alleged.
Amid chants of ‘Modi, Modi’, the PM added, “They can say whatever they want, this ‘chowkidaar’ won’t stop. This is just the beginning. This chowkidaar won’t spare even a single person.”
PM Modi also hit out at the first Prime Minister of the country, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, by suggesting that the circumstances of India would have been different had Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel been the nation’s first Prime Minister. For the party’s two-day convention, the BJP coined the slogan ‘Abki Baar Phir Modi Sarkar’ to garner a second stint on Raisina Hill for PM Modi.