Modi rakes up Pitroda’s remark on ’84 anti-Sikh riots

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Modi rakes up Pitroda’s remark on ’84 anti-Sikh riots

Wednesday, 15 May 2019 | Nishu Mahajan | Chandigarh

Upping the ante against the Congress, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday invoked the 1984 anti-Sikh riots saying that a Congress leader’s remarks ‘hua toh hua’ on the riots shows how arrogant the party is and this is their attitude towards key issues.

“Namdaar is just pretending to scold this Congress leader (Sam Pitroda) over his remarks as elections are scheduled to be held in Punjab,” Narendra Modi said at a ‘Vijay Sankalp rally’ here while renewing his attack on Congress chief Rahul Gandhi for party leader’s Sam Pitroda ‘hua toh hua’ (whatever happened has happened) statement on anti-Sikh riots last week.

“Another leader has resurfaced, who had described me as ‘neech’ during Gujarat Assembly elections and indulging in name calling again. He was suspended but his suspension was revoked,” said Modi while referring to the fresh controversy erupted over Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar’s opinion piece justifying his ‘2017 ‘neech’ jibe.

Lashing out at Rahul Gandhi, the Prime Minister said that the naamdaar speaks about ideology but Congress’ ideology and attitude can be summed up in these words “hua to hua”.

The Congress has ruled the nation for 70 years and their tenure was filled with arrogance, he said.

A relative of Railway Minister was caught in recruitment scam but Congress thought “hua toh hua”, Modi said while referring to Railway Board Bribery Scam 2013 and former Union Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal, who is Congress’ candidate and pitted against BJP’s candidate and outgoing MP Kirron Kher in Chandigarh.

Major projects got delayed, one rank one pension was not implemented, black money was stashed in banks but Congress attitude was “hua toh hua”, said the Prime Minister getting an affirmative response from the cheering crowd.

Acknowledging that enthusiastic youth are in large numbers at the rally, PM Modi also used cricket to attack the Congress saying that when the UPA Government was in power, the IPL tournament was shifted to another country in 2009 and 2014 as general elections were being held in India. The Central Government at that time had expressed inability to ensure security in the country, he said.

“Is the Lok Sabha election going on in this country or not? Did this IPL take place in this country or not,” he asked.

“See what this chaiwala and chowkidar has done,” he said while adding amid election season, people also celebrated Navratri, Ram Navmi, Hanuman Jayanti and Ramazan.

Continuing his tirade against the Congress and other opposition parties, he said that the Congress and their “mahamilavati” allies are not been able to digest the mandate given by the people to him are trying to insult all decisions taken by him.

“During the past five years, they have tried to insult every decision and scheme announced by me. When I announced Swachh Bharat scheme from the ramparts of Red Fort, they said he is talking about toilets and made fun of me. They did the same thing when I announced Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao, Make in India, Start up India, Digital India,” Modi  said.

“We have managed to remove eight crore fake beneficiaries under government schemes. Ration of poor people, pension, scholarship of deserved people was looted by such fake beneficiaries,” he said while asking the first time voters to think about the huge number of fake beneficiaries and their impact.

But this chowkidar has closed down the shops of middlemen, he added to loud chanting of “Modi, Modi” slogan.

The Prime Minister further said the country is electing a strong government and not a helpless government. It is choosing ‘India first’, than ‘family first’, not dynasty but development, he said, adding the country is choosing those who hit terrorists in their den.

“We gave a befitting reply to terrorists through surgical strike and air strikes.

Shouldn’t we do such surgical strikes and air strikes?,” he asked as the crowd cheered and applauded.

During his half an hour long speech, the Prime Minister also appealed to the people of Chandigarh to come out in large numbers to vote on May 19. I appeal to you to press the button of Lotus as every such vote will go in Modi’s kitty and we will make this nation stronger, he said while concluding his speech with slogan “Bharat Mata Ki Jai”.

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