Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said on Saturday that the Bharatiya Janata Party would come back to power in Gujarat with a thumping majority. He appealed to people to turn up at polling booths in large numbers to vote for the BJP in the final round of elections to be held on Monday.
On the last day of his marathon campaign in Gujarat, Yogi said that the double-engine government alone could ensure development at the speed of a bullet train and welfare of people while respecting faith, and described the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party as “barriers in the country’s progress” and were incapable of providing security, prosperity & employment to people, and respecting faith.
Urging voters to reject the Congress and AAP, Yogi said: “The voters of Uttar Pradesh have already done it and now it’s your turn. AAP could not even open its account whereas of the 403 seats in UP, Congress only got two. You need at least four people even for carrying a body to the cremation ground.”
Yogi said that under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership, ‘Ek Bharat, Shresth Bharat’ is emerging. “There is no terrorism, separatism and naxalism in the country. A new model of secure India has been established. Bulldozer has set a new model. It is not only used in construction but also runs over criminals and terrorists,” he said.
“Gujarat is a model state that has provided leadership to the country at every critical juncture right from the period of Lord Krishna to Dayanand Saraswati, Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Patel, Swami Narayan and now Prime Minister Narendra Modi under whose leadership, India’s prestige at the global stage has increased remarkably,” he added.
“In this ‘Amrit Kaal’ of Indian independence, India has defeated the UK, which ruled the country for two centuries, to become the world’s fifth largest economy. On December 1, India under PM Modi’s leadership also formally took on the mantle to lead G20, a group of 20 most developed countries that control 80 per cent of the world’s resources,” he said.
He added: “Under PM Modi’s leadership, a vaccine was developed during Covid in real quick time. Besides, PM Modi provided free tests, treatment and vaccines in addition to giving free ration to 80 crore people. PM Modi has also provided houses, toilets, free electricity, free LPG cylinders and health insurance coverage under Ayushman Bharat to millions of poor people. PM Modi launched PM Kisan Samman Nidhi, which is benefitting farmers immensely. Why didn’t Congress governments in the past launch such a scheme for farmers. You can’t expect any such thing from Congress or AAP. They have no compassion for the poor and no respect for people’s faith.”
Appealing to people to discard Congress to honour Mahatma Gandhi’s wish, Yogi said that while BJP honoured people’s faith by starting construction of a grand Ram temple in Ayodhya, building Kashi Vishwanath corridor and renovating and beautifying Kedarnath and Badrinath dhams as well as Dwarkapuri and Ujjain’s Mahakal, devotees were fired at and lathicharged while saints were barred from entering Ayodhya during the erstwhile Congress governments.