In a scathing attack on the Congress ahead of the Gujarat assembly election, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday that terrorism was at its peak during the Congress rule and that the party had targeted him rather than terrorists due to voting bank politics.
Speaking at a public rally in Kheda, Prime Minister Modi said, “Gujarat had been a target of terrorism for a long time. The people of Gujarat were killed in explosions in Surat and Ahmedabad. Congress was in the center then, we asked them to deal with terrorism , but she focused on me instead. Terrorism was at its peak in the country.”
The prime minister said Congress views terrorism as its voting bank, adding that several other parties have also sprung up and indulged in appeasement politics.
“At the Batla House meeting, congressional leaders cried in support of the terrorists. Even terrorism is a vote bank for Congress. It is not just Congress now, several such parties have emerged who believe in a policy of shortcuts and reconciliation,” he said.
The prime minister said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government has taken action to eliminate the threat of terrorism.
“Your vote in 2014 made a lot of difference in killing terrorism in the country. Terrorists have to think a lot even before attacking our borders. But Congress is questioning our surgical strike. The youth of the state, aged to 25 years, I have never seen what a curfew looks like. I have to save them from the bomb blasts, only the BJP’s twin-engine government can do this,” Prime Minister Modi added.
Gujarat parliamentary elections are scheduled to take place in two phases on December 1 and December 5, with the results to be announced on December 8, which coincides with the polling results date in Himachal Pradesh.
In the 2017 Gujarat polls, the BJP was halted on 99 out of a total of 182 seats. The party has been in power for 27 years and Modi is the state’s longest-serving prime minister.
This time, led by Prime Minister Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and CR Patil, the party is aiming for a highest number of seats of more than 140.
The state has long been a stronghold of the BJP and the party has set its sights on a return to power for a seventh term. Prime Minister Modi was the longest-serving chief minister of Gujarat from 2001 to 2014.
However, it faces a stiff electoral challenge from the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which has named Isudan Gadhvi as its leading ministerial candidate. The Congress also hopes to put its best electoral foot forward to unseat the BJP.
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