Grand al­liance failed ex­per­i­ment: PM Modi

Par­ties whose ori­gin was based on opposition to Congress, have joined its hands just for their self-in­ter­est.

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Setting the tone for 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi on Satur­day dis­missed the pro­posed Opposition grand al­liance as a “failed ex­per­i­ment” and asked the peo­ple to choose be­tween a “maz­boor sarkar” (help­less gov­ern­ment) and “maz­boot sarkar” (strong gov­ern­ment) for the coun­try. He also said it’s now a fight be­tween a “Sul­tanate” (king­dom), re­fer­ring to Congress lead­er­ship, and those who be­lieve in Con­sti­tu­tion. Ad­dress­ing the vale­dic­tory ses­sion of the two-day BJP national con­ven­tion at Ramlila Maidan in the cap­i­tal, Modi said the par­ties whose ori­gin was based on Opposition to Congress, have joined hands with it. “There were born to of­fer an al­ter­na­tive to Congress. But they have sur­ren­dered be­fore the Congress, who top lead­ers are on bail, and got united to op­pose just one per­son, whereas pol­i­tics is done on the ba­sis of ide­olo­gies,” said Modi, in an ob­vi­ous ref­er­ence to the pro­posed “Ma­ha­gath­band­han” (grand al­liance) of opposition par­ties.

This is to be noted that the SP and BSP an­nounced on Satur­day their in­tent of con­test­ing the LS elec­tion to­gether. Be­sides, many Opposition par­ties are ex­plor­ing al­liances at both state and national level to stop the BJP. “Congress wants a ‘maz­boor sarkar’ as oth­er­wise ‘theirs shops will be shut. But the coun­try wants a ‘maz­boot sarkar’, which can im­prove the liv­ing stan­dards of the com­mon peo­ple. The Opposition par­ties are align­ing just for their ‘self in­ter­est’, while the BJP works for the na­tion’s in­ter­est,” he added. The Prime Min­is­ter said that when such al­liances take shape, the gov­ern­ments work un­der po­lit­i­cal com­pul­sions. Cit­ing the ex­am­ples of re­cent de­vel­op­ments in Kar­nataka, Mad­hya Pradesh and Ra­jasthan, he said: “The Chief Min­is­ter of Kar­nataka (H.D. Ku­maraswamy) is say­ing that he was work­ing like a clerk and not as a Chief Min­is­ter. In Ra­jasthan and Mad­hya Pradesh, the gov­ern­ments are be­ing threat­ened (by al­liance part­ners) to take back cases or face the con­se­quences. These in­ci­dents as ‘trail­ers’ of the grand al­liance.” Mak­ing a scathing at­tack on Congress, he said the party does not have faith in any in­sti­tu­tion in India.

“For Congress, ev­ery in­sti­tu­tion such as RBI, CAG, CBI is wrong and only they are cor­rect. But BJP has full faith and re­spect for Con­sti­tu­tional au­thor­i­ties. It’s now a fight be­tween the ‘Sul­tanate’ and those who be­lieve in the Con­sti­tu­tion,” said the Prime Min­is­ter. The national council meet­ing of the BJP is con­sid­ered to be the last be­fore the up­com­ing Lok Sabha elections. The two-day meet­ing de­lib­er­ated in de­tails the party’s strat­egy es­pe­cially in the wake of all the Opposition par­ties’ at­tempt to forge al­liance to take on the BJP. It was was at­tended by over 12,000 del­e­gates, in­clud­ing from the top brass to dis­trict level of­fice bear­ers Talk­ing about the Ay­o­d­hya case, Modi ac­cused the Congress of stalling the le­gal process. He said the Congress is send­ing lawyers to Supreme Court in a bid to de­lay the hear­ing process as it does not want any solution to the issue. “They were even ready to im­peach the Chief Jus­tice us­ing false al­le­ga­tions. What kind of men­tal­ity the Congress have which works against the coun­try’s in­ter­est on ev­ery issue,” asked Modi, amid cheers from thou­sands of BJP work­ers as­sem­bled from all over the coun­try.

Modi claimed, for the first time in the coun­try’s his­tory, there has not been a sin­gle cor­rup­tion al­le­ga­tion against the present gov­ern­ment.

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