Narendra Modi: Congress trying to forge grand alliance ‘Is in ICU’
Prime Minister Narendra Modi attacked the opposition parties on Thursday targetting at the mahagatbandhan (grand alliance) being formed before the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections. He was of the opinion that the major player in the alliance — Congress — in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and other parties are its ‘support system’.
Interacting with the BJP’s booth level workers during a video interaction, the PM said that the opposition parties are not uniting, but branding themselves in the name of mahagatbandhan. The interaction of Modi was arranged for the party workers from Jaipur (Rural), Nawada, Ghaziabad, Hazaribagh and Arunachal West parliamentary constituencies.
Responding to a query of a BJP worker from Arunachal Pradesh, PM said, “This mahagathbandhan is not a bond of knot but is an alliance of some opportunistic political parties to hide their weaknesses.” He added, reports NDTV, “They are trying to stitch an alliance of parties while we are stitching people’s hearts. This is their compulsion. Our work is to stitch relations which is our national duty.”
Questioning the intentions of the mahagatbandhan, PM said that opposition is still in confusion over the leadership and policy issues. Modi said that united opposition has nothing else left other than ‘Modi hatao‘, ‘Modi hatao‘ and ‘Modi hatao‘ (Remove Modi), while the BJP’s motto is to develop the nation in a positive direction.
Hitting back at th Congress, the premier said, “Some years back, the Congress passed a resolution in Madhya Pradesh saying it will never go for any alliance. What is the reason today they are ready to have an alliance with any political party? Today they are saying …save me.”
Taking the example of ICU, Modi compared Congress with the situation and said, “When a patient remains in the ICU, he is given a different kind of support system so that he can survive. The Congress is installing a support system of political parties to save itself. For the Congress, all those part of ‘mahagathbandhan‘ are only a support system so that they rescue it from ICU.”
The premier was of the opinion that Congress’ efforts to form in government with alliance would not make any difference in the upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Questioning the motto of the alliance, he asked, “If the BJP government had made some mistakes or its popularity graph had gone down or the Prime Minister had made some mistakes, would they have gone for an alliance?” He added, “They can’t stand before the BJP. This is the reason they are doing this to get together (‘mel milap’).”
Bringing the old retort of ‘naamdar‘ vs ‘kaamdar‘, PM said, “They are ‘naamdar‘ and we are ‘kaamdar‘. Their purpose is welfare of a family and ours is country’s welfare. The country is going to judge them on these issues… Being a BJP worker it does not make any difference to us what our opponents are doing.”