‘Op­po­si­tion has formed an adul­ter­ated al­liance’

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Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi on Sun­day ac­cused the Op­po­si­tion par­ties of form­ing an “adul­ter­ated” ‘maha mi­lawat’ (grand al­liance) with the sole aim of point­ing guns at him.

He be­lieved the peo­ple would re­ject the al­liance.

Ad­dress­ing a BJP elec­tion rally in Peru­manal­lur in Tirupur ahead of the Lok Sabha elec­tion, where he steered clear of ei­ther strongly at­tack­ing the DMK or pa­tro­n­is­ing the AIADMK with which the na­tional party is keen on forg­ing an al­liance, he said friends in the Op­po­si­tion were “very funny,” who dubbed his govern­ment a fail­ure but found the need to form big al­liances to “de­feat Modi.”

He said no one knew the agenda of the Op­po­si­tion “be­cause their guns are only aimed at Modi.”

For most part of his speech, he re­ferred to him­self in third per­son, as has been his trade­mark while ad­dress­ing pub­lic meet­ings.

Mr. Modi, who be­gan his speech in Tamil hail­ing the con­tri­bu­tion of free­dom fight­ers such as Tirupur Ku­maran and Dheeran Chin­na­malai be­fore switch­ing to English, said the peo­ple of Tamil Nadu and the en­tire na­tion were wise enough to see through the Op­po­si­tion’s game. “The

maha mi­lawat or adul­ter­ated al­liance is a club of rich peo­ple try­ing to pro­mote their dy­nas­ties. They nei­ther un­der­stand poverty nor they have a vi­sion to serve the poor,” he charged.

Claim­ing that the peo­ple who thought power was their di­vine right and they were born to rule were dis­turbed to see a “work­ing” NDA govern­ment, he said their un­hap­pi­ness had turned into de­pres­sion and abuse to such an ex­tent that their only an­swer to any ques­tion was “Modi, Modi, Modi…”

Mr. Modi claimed that his govern­ment was putting a lock on the cor­rupt and elim­i­nat­ing mid­dle­men and bo­gus ben­e­fi­cia­ries. Seek­ing to con­nect with the lo­cals, he said, “This is ex­actly how the great Ka­ma­raj (for­mer Chief Min­is­ter) wanted a govern­ment to be run, where there is zero tol­er­ance to­wards cor­rup­tion.”

Mock­ing at the cor­rup­tion cases faced by some Congress lead­ers and their fam­ily mem­bers, he said, “We used to hear about a fam­ily pack in mo­bile recharge and ice cream. Now, there is a fam­ily pack for the bail too.” He claimed that the op­po­si­tion was good only at spread­ing panic, whereas his govern­ment had an­nounced mea­sures in the in­terim bud­get that were friendly to­wards the mid­dle class and farm­ers.His govern­ment would also set up a Depart­ment for Fish­eries for the first time, he said.

So­cial jus­tice

In­sist­ing that the 10% quota for the poor in the gen­eral cat­e­gory will not al­ter the ex­ist­ing reser­va­tion sys­tem, he said that for the NDA, so­cial jus­tice was about “whole­some jus­tice” and not a “math­e­mat­i­cal equa­tion”. In fact, it was an ar­ti­cle of faith. It was the Va­j­payee govern­ment that re­stored reser­va­tion for SCs/STs in job pro­mo­tions, which was ear­lier scrapped by the ‘Third Front’ govern­ment, he said.

Mr. Modi said that un­like in the past, when the rulers were only bro­ker­ing deals “from sea to sky” in the de­fence sec­tor, lead­ing to sev­eral scams and thereby im­ped­ing the mod­erni­sa­tion of the sec­tor, now, the govern­ment was work­ing to­wards self-suf­fi­ciency in de­fence pro­duc­tion and keep­ing the na­tion safe. The two De­fence Cor­ri­dors, in­clud­ing one in Tamil Nadu, will bring in in­dus­try, in­vest­ment and op­por­tu­ni­ties for the youth, he said.

In con­trast, the Congress was be­lit­tling the mil­i­tary by sug­gest­ing that the army would at­tempt a coup, he said.

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