Opposition playing divisive politics: Yogi

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Opposition playing divisive politics: Yogi

Wednesday, 24 April 2024 | PNS | Lucknow

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said on Tuesday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Politics of Performance’ stands as a valuable gift to the nation. He said that this pioneering concept is yielding significant benefits, particularly for the underprivileged, farmers, women, and the youth.

Speaking to the media in Gorakhpur on Tuesday morning, the chief minister criticised the opposition, including the Congress, SP, and others, for indulging in divisive politics to spread social discord in elections. “The public knows their intentions. It won’t let them get away with deceit,” he added.

The chief minister remarked that despite having given the ‘Garibi Hatao’ slogan in the 1970s, the Congress could not walk the talk despite having ruled the country for more than six decades, whereas in PM Modi’s ten-year tenure, 25 crore people have been brought out of poverty.

“For more than six decades, from grandmother to grandson, they have been misleading the people of the country with the same slogan,” the chief minister said.

“It is only PM Modi’s government that has honestly worked to eradicate poverty from the country and ensure that the benefits of welfare schemes for the underprivileged reach every eligible person without any discrimination,” he added.

Highlighting the achievements of the Modi government, the CM said: “Four crore poor families have been provided houses in the last 10 years, while the BJP has pledged to provide houses to three crore more in the next five years, as per the party’s ‘Sankalp Patra’ (manifesto).”

Yogi said that the long series of welfare activities for the poor during PM Modi’s tenure include the construction of toilets in 12 crore homes, opening of Jan Dhan accounts for 50 crore people, providing free ration to 80 crore people for four years, providing health insurance cover of Rs 5 lakh to 60 crore people, giving free LPG connections to 10 crore poor, and providing benefits of the PM Kisan Samman Nidhi to 12 crore farmers.

Yogi said that for 70 years after independence, the Congress and its allied parties ruled the country for the longest time, but due to their misrule, crores of people were deprived of basic necessities like housing, electricity, water, healthcare, toilets, and cooking gas.

“No one else is to blame for depriving the poor of basic amenities except Congress and its partners, while PM Modi is the one bringing prosperity to the lives of these crores of deprived people,” he stated.

“PM Modi has never claimed personal credit for these achievements. He has repeatedly emphasised that it is the collective trust and efforts of all individuals that have contributed to these achievements. The public comprehends the significance of their democratic rights; by casting their votes judiciously, they unlock the dividends of their choices,” Yogi said.

The chief minister accused the Congress, SP, and the entire INDIA bloc of engaging in divisive politics against the interests of the nation.

He questioned the motives behind former PM Dr Manmohan Singh’s assertion that Muslims had the primary claim on the country’s resources when a member of the Congress family held power.

Yogi contended that the Congress currently seeks to foster divisions along religious lines, between minorities and majorities. He stressed that India has already witnessed the tragic partition of 1947 and that the Congress’s divisive intentions would never come to fruition.

Taking a jibe at the Congress manifesto, CM Yogi said that while they could not eradicate poverty, they have set their sights on the hard-earned assets of those who have built their own homes, bought plots of land, or made jewellery for their mothers and sisters.

Referring to the Congress, he said, “The party tries to sow seeds of division in society in the name of caste, religion, and creed during elections.”

He emphasised that the country would never accept this. He also accused the Congress of misleading the country when a lot of work was being done under PM Modi’s leadership.

“The people of the country are the essence of democracy. They understand the divisive mindset of the Congress and won’t let them get away with looting the property of the citizens,” he added.

Continuing his attack on the opposition parties, the chief minister said some people reduced political parties to family-run enterprises.

“Whenever they got the chance, they caused irreparable damage to national interests. They allowed corruption even in welfare schemes for the poor,” he alleged.

He added: “Who doesn’t know that there were food grain scams under the Samajwadi Party government? Investigations by the CBI are still ongoing in a dozen districts. People associated with them used to divert rations meant for the poor.”

“When I became the Chief Minister in 2017, I ordered an investigation into this matter. At that time, 30 lakh fake ration cards were found. Rations were being distributed under these fake cards. The poor did not receive the benefits of rations; instead, the same were given to officials of the Samajwadi Party or grabbed by the mafia associated with them. Today, ration distribution is being carried out in a completely transparent manner through e-POS machines under PM Modi’s government,” Yogi added.

He said that the people of the country would not accept the Congress, Samajwadi Party, and other such parties.

“With the completion of the first phase of elections, it is estimated that in the next six phases too, the BJP will receive ample blessings due to PM Modi’s name and work,” he remarked.

“There should be no doubt about this. With full confidence and the blessings of the people, the Modi government will succeed in achieving the target of 400+ seats this time,” Yogi said.

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