Political culture hasundergone a drastic change under Prime Minister Narendra Modi,with parties and governments presenting their report cardsduring elections instead of leaders promoting casteism andhatred through their speeches, BJP chief J P Nadda said onFriday.
Addressing an election rally here, Nadda also listedout a slew of development measures launched by the Modigovernment for Bihar.
“Before 2014, political leaders used to hurlaccusations at each other…they promoted casteism, enmity,and tried to break society through their speeches. Politicalculture of the country has changed since Narendra Modi came topower. Now they are showing to people the report card of thework they have done,” he said.
Referring to the priority Modi attached to Bihar, hesaid the prime minister had announced a Rs 1.25 lakh crorepackage for the state in 2015, besides Rs 40,000 crore forinfrastructure development.
A cautious and watchful society recognises such(cautious and watchful) leader and appreciates him. A watchfulsociety knows its interests and is ready to protect itselffrom any harm, Nadda said, seeking a clear mandate for theNDA in the state assembly elections.
Referring to the potential market that Bhagalpuri silkhas, the BJP president asked the youth to raise its brandvalue in line with the prime ministers “vocal for local”appeal.
He asserted Bihar saw all-round progress under the NDAgovernment. Rail, road, health and education sectors benefitedin a big way.
The BJP president also raised the contentious issuesof Ram temple, abrogation of provisions of Article 370 thatbestowed special status on Jammu and Kashmir, and scrapping ofthe practice of instant triple talaq.
He said while people wanted a grand Ram temple to bebuilt in Ayodhya, the Congress party tried everything toensure it lingered on. “It tried to obstruct and deviate theissue,” he alleged.
“We are grateful to the Supreme Court for itsjudgement. Modi ji laid the foundation stone and theconstruction of a grand temple to Lord Ram will now start,” hesaid.
Targeting the RJD, the main contender for power in thestate, the BJP leader said it was now harping on development,but when in power, it had extended “patronage and protection”to dreaded criminal-politician Mohammad Shahabuddin.
Shahabuddin represented Siwan in the Lok Sabhamultiple times. “It was only when Nitish Kumar became thechief minister was he sent to jail,” he said.
“People couldnt muster courage to visit even DakBungalow crossing in the heart of the city after 7 pm,” Naddasaid, as he spoke about alleged lawlessness when Lalu Prasadsparty was in power for 15 years.
Nadda also lauded the prime minister and the armedforces for strongly defending the countrys frontiers againstChina and Pakistan.
Roads, bridges, airports and other infrastructure ofstrategic importance were built along the border fromArunachal Pradesh to Ladakh in the last six years, he said.
He also hailed the prime minister for tackling theCOVID-19 crisis.
Nadda said when nations across the world were in twominds about whether to protect lives or economy, Modi took thebold decision of imposing a lockdown while simultaneouslystrengthening the health care system, saving innumerablelives.
He also lauded Nitish Kumar for coming to the help ofdistressed families by giving relief to 1.41 crore ration cardholders through direct benefit transfer (DBT) of funds.
“This is the changing face of Bihar,” he asserted.
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