Con­fused Op­po­si­tion wants to es­tab­lish dy­nas­tic rule, says PM

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - HTNATION - M Manikan­dan

CHEN­NAI : Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi on Sun­day crit­i­cised the Op­po­si­tion ef­forts to stitch a grand al­liance against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and pitched for his party’s re-elec­tion in the com­ing par­lia­men­tary elec­tion, say­ing op­por­tunis­tic al­liance and dy­nas­tic par­ties sought to build their own em­pire while the rul­ing party wanted to em­power peo­ple.

While in­ter­act­ing through video con­fer­ence with the BJP booth-level work­ers of Tamil Nadu’s May­i­laduthu­rai, Si­va­ganga and Theni dis­tricts, Modi said that the op­po­si­tion’s grand al­liance was a short-term ef­fort formed just for their ben­e­fits. “Op­po­si­tion par­ties are a con­fused lot as we have not given them any op­por­tu­nity to say that our gov­ern­ment is not work­ing... They have made an op­por­tunis­tic al­liance with the par­ties which were op­posed to each other in the past and still per­haps do,” he said. Modi’s com­ments came a day after the Sa­ma­jwadi Party and the Bahu­jan Sa­maj Party an­nounced their al­liance for the com­ing Lok Sabha polls in Ut­tar Pradesh in a bid to counter the saf­fron party.

Billing BJP as a party which recog­nised the cul­tural di­ver­sity of the coun­try, the PM lauded party work­ers and ex­uded con­fi­dence they will again en­sure its vic­tory in the com­ing elec­tions.

A BJP worker is driven not by any self-in­ter­est but na­tional in­ter­est, he said, adding only in the saf­fron party can a per­son born in so­cially back­ward and eco­nom­i­cally poor fam­ily think of reach­ing the top. “In the BJP one only needs hard work, not big wal­lets, high birth or loy­alty to one fam­ily. We are proud that a party with two MPS (to start off with) is rul­ing so many states and is run­ning the gov­ern­ment at the Cen­tre,” Modi said.

“If Modi is so bad, gov­ern­ment is not work­ing and if the peo­ple dis­like the BJP then why build these al­liance... The truth is they know it is a work­ing gov­ern­ment, that the poor, the youth, the farm­ers and the women of In­dia have a strong bond with the BJP.”

Re­act­ing to the PM’S charges, Tamil Nadu Con­gress Com­mit­tee Pres­i­dent Su Thirunavukkarasar said, “in­clud­ing Shiv Sena, many of their al­lies have bro­ken their ties with BJP .... ”

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