20 Apr : Alleging that the Congress resorted to vote bank politics, BJP firebrand leader Narendra Modi has said that it just wants to be in power and is not interested in development of the country.
Addressing an election rally in Amirgadh of Danta taluka at Banaskantha on Monday, Modi said, "Congress says that minorities have the first right over the countries resources. But we (BJP) say that the first right is of the poor, irrespective of their caste and religion."
"Soniaji (Gandhi) is saying this to appease the minority community and obtain votes. This is Congress’s vote bank politics. But we talk about poor from all sections of the society," he said.
"Congress is not interested in development issues they just want to remain in power for which they indulge in vote bank politics," Modi alleged.
He said that Congress has promised wheat to the poor at Rs 3 per kg if it comes to power. "But my government (in Gujarat) has been giving wheat at Rs 2 per kg for four years," the Gujarat Chief Minister said.
"Let me tell you what they (Congress) are going to do. They will buy wheat at Rs 2 per kg from us and sell it to you at Rs 3 per kg and make profit of one rupee in the process," Modi said.
Modi said he has a magic medicine to solve all problems of the people of the state and that was development.
"It is only development and not votebank politics that can solve problems of the people of the state," he said.
Claiming that prices of essential commodities has increased three fold after UPA government came to power.
Talking about the Congress’s promise of providing wheat to the poor at Rs 3 per kg, Modi said that the central UPA government is even capable of stealing bread from a poor person.
"The UPA government does not know what Gujarat is doing. We have been providing wheat to poor in the state at Rs 2 per kg since seven years," he said.
"What Congress will do is get wheat at Rs two per kg from us and then sell it to poor at Rs three per kg," Modi alleged.
Modi blamed the UPA government for obstructing the progress of Gujarat.
"We had asked Central government to give us gas so that we can generate electricity at the Pipava port in Bhavnagar. But they refused. They are obstructing the progress of Gujarat," he said.
The CM appealed to the gathering to cast their votes even if the temperature is high on 30th April.
"Even if the heat is unbearable do come and cast your vote for the BJP to make L K Advani the prime minister of the country. Don’t sit in front of your television watching the IPL T20 matches," Modi said.