Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing BJP cadre in Coimbatore on Thursday. Photo by J Jackson
COIMBATORE: Promising to give governance with compassion, Prime minister
’s election campaign in
on Thursday with a strident attack on the DMK – Congress combine branding them as corrupt parties which cannot provide good governance to the state.
Addressing the party cadre at Codissia grounds in Coimbatore, Modi said the
sought to provide good governance while the opposition was known for mis - governance riddled with corruption.
“For the opposition, what matters is personal gains. They want to grab power to fill their pockets,’’ Modi said. Flanked by senior BJP leaders Pon Radhakrishnan, C P Radhakrishnan, Vanathi Srinivasan, L Ganesan and state BJP chief L Murugan, the Prime Minister took a jibe at DMK and Congress’s style of functioning.
“Their leaders sit and discuss on how to loot. Their meetings are like corruption hackathons. Those who give more innovative ideas are given posts and ministry,’’ he said.
Attacking the DMK, Modi said that the opposition party’s style of politics was based on bullying and harassing. “Whenever the DMK comes to power, they promote strongmen culture and in every district they have anti-social elements who trouble innocent citizens,” he said.
He alleged that DMK men would go on extortion sprees. “Women suffer because of this culture. Entire TN knows how the DMK treated Amma Jayalalithaa,’’ Modi said in an apparent bid to woo woman voters.
Modi also took the opportunity to woo farmers and small industrialists, noting that the Centre had taken a series of measures for the benefit of MSMEs and small farmers, who were ignored by the opposition parties.
Training his guns on the DMK, the PM said the opposition party had lost the right to be called a pan TN party. “The last time they won with full majority was 25 years ago,’’ he said.
Modi alleged that DMK and Congress were suffering from internal contradictions. “Both parties have tried to launch and relaunch their respective first families but have failed. The DMK and the Congress are so busy in internal matters that they cannot give a good governance to TN,’’ he said.
On the other hand, the ‘NDA family’ is united and the only aim of the alliance was the “welfare of Tamil Nadu,’’ he said.
Modi noted that way NDA government at the Centre and Tamil Nadu government worked is a classic example of cooperative federalism.
Noting that the assembly elections were happening at a critical moment of India’s history, Modi said that people had sent a clear message in the past elections that they wanted development-oriented governance.
“People want governance where the fruits of progress reaches the poor. They want anti – development elements to be at distance,” he said hitting out at the DMK and Congress.
Recalling the demand of seven Scheduled Castes to be clubbed together and called under common title of Devendra Kula Vellalar, Modi said the AIADMK and the BJP had taken note of the demand and fulfilled it.
Modi, who commenced and ended his speech by greeting cadres in Tamil, also took the opportunity to laud richness of Tamil language.