Opposition parties coming together with an eye on corruption, says Modi
Promises to create additional 10% seats in educational institutions to meet new quota needs
PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday tore into the Opposition, saying his government’s relentless crackdown on corruption has forced squabbling rivals to swallow their pride and join hands to fight the BJP.
Mocking the ‘grand alliance’ the Opposition parties are trying to form to keep the saffron party out of power, Modi said it is a “failed experiment in Indian politics”.
Trying to project an incorruptible image, he claimed not a single allegation of corruption could be made against the NDA government unlike earlier Congress-led governments at the Centre.
Meanwhile, in a bid to tap the aspirations of millennial voters, Modi announced that additional 10 per cent seats would be created in educational institutions to meet the new quota requirements. Modi said the 10 per cent reservation in government jobs and education for the poor in the general category would boost the “self-confidence of new India”. This, he added, is to ensure that the increased quota does not eat into the share of those from the unreserved category.
Modi accused the opposition parties of trying to foment discontent and create confusion in the minds of people by spreading misinformation that the new quota will harm the SCs, STs and OBCs. He asserted that the existing quota policy for the socially backward will remain intact.
Talking to partymen at the second day of the BJP National Convention here, Modi said his gover nment’s mantra is equal opportunity for all. Listing out 124th Constitutional amendment bill, the PM argued that the measure would address aspirations of the youth of general category who were not getting opportunities due to poverty.
The bill seeking to provide reservation for the economically-backward section was passed by Parliament on January 9. On Saturday, President Ram Nath Kovind gave his nod to the constitutional provision to make it possible.
Addressing his detractors who accuse him of belittling Constitutional institutions, Modi cited the decisions of the Andhra, West Bengal, and Chhattisgarh governments to withdraw consent to the CBI for probe, saying he hadn’t done so despite facing harassment by the investigating agencies at the behest of the Congress-led UPA when he was the Gujarat chief minister.
“I was grilled for nine hours in a day. One UPA minister, during his Gujarat visit, claimed that I would be spending the rest of my life in jail. Yet, we didn’t restrict the CBI,” said Modi.
The party which spearheaded the urea scam, Commonwealth Games scam, mining scam... is trying to forge a grand alliance to stop one man from coming to power again
Narendra Modi, Prime Minister
THE BJP has vowed to seize the electoral narrative and set the agenda for the Lok Sabha elections, with the national convention of the saffron outfit adopting a political resolution singling out leadership to be the top plank for the polls. The resolution moved by Union Minister Nit in G ad kari stressed on electoral choice for people between “Mazboot or Majboor (strong or weak)” government at the Centre.
Moving the political resolution in the concluding session of the national convention of the BJP at the Ramlila Ground, Gadkari said that Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) are coming together in Uttar Pradesh due to fears of the BJP’s might. “Even after their alliance, we will trounce them on the ground,” Gadkari asserted, while arguing that the BJP should be credited for old enemies joining hands.
Taking part in the discussion on the political resolution, Union Finance Minister spelt out six planks for the BJP workers to hit the ground in the elections. “It’s to the advantage of the BJP if the Lok Sabha election is held on the plank of leadership. In Narendra Modi, the BJP has a decisive leader against unknowns in the Opposition camp,” Jaitley said, adding that the workers should take the statistics to engage people in conversations on the perfor mance of the NDA government.
Additionally, Jaitley said, the election time gives an opportunity to BJP workers to raise core issues of the party, including measures against the practice of triple talaq and Ram temple, besides the party’s ideology. “You (BJP workers) should set the electoral narrative and election agenda and battle on the ground with statistics against the grand alliance, while reminding the deeds of governments headed by Choudhary Charan Singh, VP Singh, HD Deve Gowda, and IK Gujaral,” Jaitley said.
The minister said the polls would be a test of the party’s organisational strength.
Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, stressed on “Mazboot versus Majboor” government at the Centre, while noting that the people have rejected weak choices.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the BJP National Convention at Ramlila Ground in New Delhi on Saturday |
(From left) Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley with BJP president Amit Shah and PM Narendra Modi at the party’s national convention in Delhi on Saturday |