PM Modi today addressed a National Democratic Alliance Sankalp rally at Patna, along with JD(U) chief and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. The mega rally which took place at the Patna’s Gandhi Maidan is seen as a kickstart for NDA’s election campaign for 2019 Lok Sabha elections in Bihar. This is the first that CM Nitish Kumar shared the stage with PM since 2009, and the first time both attended a joint rally.
This afternoon, I would be joining the NDA rally at Patna’s iconic Gandhi Maidan.
Watch my address at the rally live on the NaMo App.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 3, 2019
This is PM Modi’s second visit to the state of Bihar this month, as he had visited Begusarai on February 17th to launch several welfare projects.
The NDA has decided its seat-sharing formula for 2019 Lok Sabha elections. BJP and JD(U) have decided to fight on 17 seats each and 6 seats have been given to LJP.
Prime Minister started the address by paying tribute martyrs: Pintoo Kumar Singh, who lost his life during an encounter in J&K’s Kupwara on Friday, Ratan K Thakur and Sanjay Sinha, martyrs of the Pulwama attack that took place last month. PM Modi consoled the families of martyrs by saying that right now all of the country stands with them.
PM Modi said that NDA government has started working on Metro projects for the state, transforming fossil-fuel based traffic to CNG-based, and also pipeline projects.
PM said that it is people of Bihar who drove the state from era of crime and corruption to an era of development and work. “NDA has done its part to upkeep those aspirations of the people of Bihar,” PM Modi remarked.
PM Modi announced a five-pointed development agenda for Bihar, Education for children, Medicine for old, Irrigation for the farmer, Income for youth and Hearing to everyone.
PM Modi told the gathering that the NDA government is also providing Bihar with higher-education institutions like Indian Insitute of Management, and Medical Institutes like AIIMS. He also claimed that the revamping process of Patna railway station is going on a rapid scale and Rs 1200 crore have been pumped into Patna airport.
PM Modi also said that better conditions for industries to prevail have also been established.
Pradhan Mantri Saman Nidhi Yojna, PM Modi said will enable the farmer to acquire seeds, pesticides, fertilizers without any loan, as the scheme will directly transfer the sum of Rs 6000 per annum to his account. 1.5 crore farmers in Bihar have been covered under this scheme.
PM Modi said those who so far were misusing hard-earned income of farmers and poor and now calling him a ‘chor’. He also took a dig at Grand Alliance by calling them ‘Mahamilvat’ alliance. PM Modi said that if they would have been in power, Bihar would have got no development.
PM Modi also counted the number of people getting benefit from his government’s different flagship programmes: 50 crore people receiving Rs 5 lakh health premium per year, 35 crore people have got new bank accounts, 7 crore free gas connection to women, 3 crore people from middle class now exempted from tax up to income of Rs 5 lakh and 10% Economically Weaker Section Quota to economically backward section of society.
Talking about India’s recent airstrike on terror camps in Pakistan, PM Modi said, “when our military forces were conducting air strikes across-border, what were some our leaders doing?” PM added that many people in India instead of boosting the morale of our forces are doing what makes Pakistan happy and cheering them up.
PM Modi, in a further attack on the opposition, said that when it was time for all parties to stand in unison and discuss together, 21 opposition parties came to Delhi with a condemnation letter for NDA. He also said that now the opposition is even suspecting our armed forces, adding that these actions of opposition is empowering Pakistan.
PM Modi said that this year India got invited to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, showcasing after 50 years. He said that when Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, came to India, he told him about high economic growth India is witnessing and how it is helping poor exit poverty and have access to a better lifestyle.
PM Modi then said he asked Saudi Arabia to increase the quota of Indian Muslims visiting Hajj every year, and release prisoners who have been lodged in Saudi Jails because of mistake. PM said Saudi Prince promptly agreed to our demands, and this showcases our strong foreign policy.
PM Modi said all this could have been done in fifty years, but the previous Congress regime was habited to go to sleep after getting votes. The priority of Congress party, PM Modi said, are personal ambitions, that is why they keep hating Modi.
PM Modi said they say destroy Modi, I say: Destroy terrorism, corruption, malnutrition and create new opportunities for youth.