Prime Minister Narendra Modi, addressing his second election rally in Delhi on Tuesday, fiercely targeted the Arvind Kejriwal government. Speaking at a rally in Dwarka, he alleged that the Kejriwal government was not allowing people of Delhi to take advantage of the Ayushman Bharat scheme.
The prime minister said that Delhi did not need a “dosh dene wāli” (accusatory) but a “disha dene wāli sarkār (visionary government)”. He said that this election was an election to decide the future.
Praising his government’s plans, Prime Minister Modi said that India’s progress would depend on the decisions taken today. “Today, on one side there is a party to make these decisions and, on the other side, there is an opposition standing against these decisions.”
Addressing the people, the prime minister said, ‘Four days before voting, the wind is blowing towards the BJP. Tomorrow in East Delhi and today in Dwarka, it has become clear what the results are going to be on 11 February. I respectfully bow to your passion to keep the spirit of national interest for changing Delhi.”
“This election of Delhi is the first election of this decade. This decade is going to be India’s decade and India’s progress will depend on its decisions taken today,” the prime minister said, adding, “This time, in the interest of Delhi and the country, we have to stand united, with one voice and with full force.”
“Delhi needs salvation from a rode atkāne wali (obstructionist) and nafrat phailāne wāli (hate-mongering) government,” the prime minister said.
PM counts union govt schemes not implemented in Delhi
Modi said, “Delhi does not need the politics of confusions, but the politics of solutions.” The city, he said, was not going to see the development plans stop. “Everyone needs leadership that believes in development. The prime minister accused the AAP government of refusing to implement many central government schemes. “What is the crime of the poor who do not get the benefit of Ayushman Bharat Scheme, which gives them free treatment up to Rs 5 lakh?” he asked.
The prime minister said that such a “bedard” (heartless) government is sitting in Delhi, which does not care about the lives of the people. “What is the crime of the homeless people that they do not get their own house under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana? What is the fault of the farmers who do not get the benefit of Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi? What is the fault of Delhi’s daily commuter that the extension of the fourth phase of Metro was not approved for two years?” Modi posed.
“The speed and scale with which the central government has worked in the last five years is unique. Never since independence has work been done so fast. Today, Ayushman Bharat scheme provides free treatment to all the people. It is equal to the total population of countries like America and Canada,” the prime minister said.
Modi said, ‘The number of toilets the central government has built with the Swachh Bharat Mission is more than the population of Egypt. The number of gas connections we have given to poor mothers from the Ujjwala scheme is almost equal to the population of Germany. The number of free electricity connections we have given under the Saubhagya scheme is more than the total population of Australia. The number of houses the government has built under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana is more than the total population of Sri Lanka.”
“If work is done at the same pace, then many problems in Delhi can be solved. This is the reason why the people of Delhi showed confidence in the BJP in the Lok Sabha election,” the prime minister said. Due to this belief now, he said, the people of the capital city were saying with pride that the country changed. “Now Delhi will change,” the prime minister asserted.
“You need a government that, when the time comes, furthers the interests of the country, that stands with our brave soldiers. Delhi does not want politics that weakens the Indian side at the time of terrorist attacks or that, by its statements, gives the enemy a chance to attack India,” the prime minister said referring to the utterances of opposition leaders that are often cited or echoed by Pakistan.
Delhi BJP had requested Prime Minister Modi to address 10 out of 5,000 public meetings at the beginning of the election campaign, but he agreed to address only three.