Nashik: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today addressed a rally in Nashik. He started BJP’s campaign for the Maharashtra Assembly election from this city. Apart from this, he is supposed to conclude the Maha Janadesh Yatra (big mandate of the people) here. The yatra was started by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
This is the second time in the last 12 days when Prime Minister Modi is visiting Maharashtra. Earlier on 7 September, he had visited Mumbai and Aurangabad. In Nashik, he laid the foundation stones of several developmental projects.
Modi said, “From the holy land of Nashik, I plead with the bayān-bahādur (rhetoric-happy people) and badbole (loudmouths) all over the country to have faith in the justice system of India for the sake of Lord Rama,” referring to some statements by an ally of the NDA on the Ayodhya Ram temple issue.
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has been pressuring the government to circumvent the legal system and issue an executive order to enable the temple construction. “The way government is working, our hopes for the construction of the Ram temple at Ayodhya have increased. Now, there is no point in waiting anymore,” the Sena chief had said on 18 September, citing the government’s decisive action to end the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcate it into two union territories.
The prime minister invoked Lord Rama in his speech here also because the Ramayana mentions Nashik as the place where Lakshmana had cut the nose of Shurpanakha, the demon princess and sister of Ravana, for threatening to kill Sita if neither of the brothers agreed to marry her. Nashik is holy to Hindus also for being situated on the banks of the Godavari.
Modi said that, along with tourism, his government is encouraging industries. The campaign of ‘Make in’ India is gaining momentum in Nashik and Maharashtra. In the coming times, Nashik is going to become an important centre for building the security apparatus of India. Work is on to build a defence innovation hub here, he said.
The prime minister said that in Nashik one could see how connectivity with other parts of the country is being strengthened. The airport here is linked to the flight plan. Also, Nashik has been included in the Ramayana circuit under the Swadesh Darshan Scheme.
The prime minister said that, in the last 5 years, BJP governments (at the Centre and in the state) have given Maharashtra a double engine of development. Emphasis has been laid on creating new employment opportunities for the youth here. The possibilities of heritage tourism in Maharashtra are being enhanced.
The prime minister said that by 2022, the campaign to free India from single-use plastic is going on fast. Till 2 October, when the nation celebrates the 150th birth anniversary of MK Gandhi, “we have to rid the country of the huge amount of plastic waste”.
The prime minister said that his government had completed the first phase of the mission to provide the “poor sisters” a smoke-free environment at households. “A few days ago, in Aurangabad, the eight millionth Ujjwala gas connection of the country was given,” Modi informed the crowd.
The prime minister said India was moving fast towards fulfilling the resolve to give concrete houses to every poor family in the country. Around 2 crore houses have been built across the country including Maharashtra, Modi said.
In a tribute to reformists cum Dalit icons, the prime minister said that the holy soil of Nashik had contributed to the nation with many social reformers like Jyotiba Phule, Savitri Bai Phule and Babasaheb Ambedkar. They developed a sense of social harmony in India, inspired the poor, deprived, afflicted and the exploited to live with dignity, he said.
The prime minister invoked Lord Rama in his speech as the Ramayana mentions Nashik as the place where Lakshmana had cut the nose of Shurpanakha, the demon princess and sister of Ravana, for threatening to kill Sita if neither of the brothers agreed to marry her. Nashik is holy to Hindus also for being situated on the banks of the Godavari.
Modi said that the land of Maharashtra had given birth to a great son like VD Savarkar. “Savarkar, who withstood every torture for freedom, gave us unprecedented rites of nationalism,” the prime minister said.
The prime minister said that Maharashtra not only houses heritage of our faith but also upholds a golden history of valour and patriotism. “Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, taking a pledge of swarajya (self-rule), had set before us the ideal of sacrificing everything to protect the motherland,” Modi said.
Modi trains guns at opposition, citing Article 370
“But the whole of Maharashtra, the whole of India and the whole world know where the factory of terror is and where the pictures of atrocities and exploitation come from,” the prime minister remarked, thereafter training guns at the opposition. “The confusion in Congress, I understand, but when experienced leaders like Sharad Pawar misinterpret the votes that formed our government, it hurts. Sharad Pawar ji loves the neighbouring country; that is his choice. He finds the rulers and administrators of that country welfarist; this also is his own assessment,” the prime minister said.
Referring to his government’s act of virtually abrogating Article 370, the prime minister said, “The country has taken such a big decision; it should be implemented properly and with the least hassle; the whole country is united. But unfortunately, the Congress and senior NCP leaders do not see the way they should have.”
“Jammu and Ladakh are embracing new possibilities, but I am surprised that our colleagues in the opposition are finding political interest even in this,” the prime minister said.
“However, the young companions, mothers and sisters in Jammu and Kashmir, have now made up their mind to get out of this long period of violence. They now want development and new employment opportunities. Your servant and your government, along with the people of Jammu and Kashmir, are committed to starting a new era of development,” the prime minister said.
“The country realises that under the guise of their resistance to this decision, all efforts are being made from across the border to spread instability and mistrust. Efforts are being made to incite violence in Jammu and Kashmir,” the prime minister said.
“This decision was not only for the unity and integrity of India; it will also become a medium for fulfilling the aspirations and dreams of the people of Jammu and Kashmir,” the prime minister asserted.
“Implementing the Constitution of India in Jammu and Kashmir is not just a decision of a government; it is a manifestation of the will and sentiment of 130 crore Indians,” Modi said, adding, “This decision is for extricating millions of people of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh from violence, terror, isolation, corruption, vicious cycle.”
“We promised the whole country, including Maharashtra, that we would make new efforts to solve the problems of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. Today I can say with satisfaction that the country has started moving in this direction,” the prime minister said.
“Now India has joined some of the countries in the world that manufacture bullet-proof jackets of international standard. Not only this, more than 100 countries of the world are exporting bulletproof jackets made in India today,” the prime minister said.
“Our government is fully committed to the security preparations of the country, fulfilling every promise. But what has been the attitude of earlier governments regarding the defence of the country; it needs to be remembered again and again,” Modi said.
“We promised that we would take every step to empower the Army, to empower our soldiers,” the prime minister said, sharing with the people the information that recently, two super (Apache) helicopters became a part of India’s military power. Very soon, he said, Rafale fighter jets would empower our Air Force further, the prime minister said.
Modi said, “The first century (the first 100 days of his government) shows a glimpse of the new vision of a new India to the country, society and the world. There is also the urge to compete amid tough challenges, the passion for development and the message of India’s global strength.”
“A hundred days of the new government at the Centre have been completed and this first century is before you to judge. This century has an edge, speed and a clear picture of the coming five years,” the prime minister said
“When the Lok Sabha election was held, for the first time after 60 years (since the death of Jawaharlal Nehru in 1964), a government came back again and was elected with a greater mandate than before. Our government’s first 100 days show how a government works when you give it strength,” the prime minister said.
Adding the final electioneering pitch, Modi said, “Once again a stable government of Maharashtra under the leadership of Devendra ji should be brought back.”
The prime minister recalled the Congress-NCP rule thus: “In stark contrast to the glare of the Mumbai metropolis, the poor and farmers in far-flung areas of Maharashtra had become victims of political instability. Devendra ji served Maharashtra in the last five years. I congratulate him for this. Devendra ji has given a new direction to Maharashtra.”
Implying that the hardships the poor went through earlier were avoidable, Modi said, “But it would have been nice if even the previous governments here had completed their tenure earlier. The people of Maharashtra have decided that blessings will be given only to those who will live up to their expectations.”
“When the Lok Sabha election was at its peak, I had come to Dindori. The populace that had emerged there created such vibrations that the BJP grew stronger. But this rally looks even fiercer than that,” Modi said. “I see only people as far as I can see in all directions,” the prime minister noted, looking around from the stage.
“Today I am feeling a special blessedness and I consider it a precious moment of my life. Today Chhatrapati Udayan, a descendant of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, has placed an umbrella on my head. This is an honour and a symbol of responsibility towards Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj,” the prime minister said.