Every honest person trusts chowkidar, only corrupt have problem: PM Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah Tuesday pooh-poohed attempts by the opposition parties to cobble a grand alliance for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, asserting it will not hurt the prospects of the BJP to return to power.
The comments by Modi and Shah come a day after Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu’s daylong fast in Delhi became a rallying point for opposition unity for the second time in less than a month to take on the BJP at the hustings.On January 19, 22 opposition parties came together at a rally in Kolkata convened by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee. Delhi’s ruling AAP is also planning a mega rally of non-BJP leaders Wednesday against the Modi government in the national capital.
While Modi mocked the planned ‘mahagathbandhan’ as “maha-milawat”(highly adulterated), saying all the faces in this grouping are only indulging in competition in threatening and abusing him, Shah dubbed the alliance as coming together of state-level leaders “not standing a chance” in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.
Shah also claimed that Modi has rock-solid support of people.Modi said his government will speed up the campaign to rid the country of the corrupt, claiming that only such people had a problem with him while the honest trusted the ‘chowkidar’. Modi sought people’s support in the campaign in his address at the “Swachh Shakti 2019”, an event to recognise the leadership role played by rural women in the Swachh Bharat Mission towards achieving a clean and open defecation free country by October 2 this year.
“In 2014, you gave your votes for an honest and transparent government. Middlemen and those who snatched the rights of the poor have been thrown out of all the systems,” he said.”Every honest person in the country trusts this ‘chowkidar’ (watchman) but those who are corrupt, have a problem with Modi,” he said.Modi said some people in Haryana are worried over the ongoing investigations by probe agencies against them.”Even in Haryana, you are witnessing how some people are worried because of probe by investigating agencies,” he said without naming anyone.