‘Red diary’ latest proof of Cong’s ‘loot ki dukan’: Modi in Rajasthan
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday (July 27) hit out at the Rajasthan government, invoking sacked minister Rajendra Gudha’s “red diary” and said the “dark deeds” recorded in it will lead to the Congress’ defeat in the Assembly elections.
Giving his own version of Mahatma Gandhi’s ‘Quit India’ slogan, Modi while addressing a public rally in Rajasthan’s Sikar, said that today’s slogan should be “Corruption Quit India, Nepotism Quit India and Appeasement Quit India.”
Referring to Gudha’s “red diary,” he said it was a fresh product of the Congress “loot ki dukan” (shop of loot). It is said that the “dark deeds” of the Congress are recorded in the diary, which will defeat the party in elections in the state, Modi said.
It was the seventh visit of the prime minister to poll-bound Rajasthan in the last six months.
‘Congress’ loot ki dukan’
Modi accused the Congress government in Rajasthan of looting people and also targeted it over various recruitment paper leaks in the state.
“In the name of running the government in Rajasthan, Congress has set up a loot ki dukan in a jhooth ka bazar (market of lies). The latest product of this loot ki dukan is Rajasthan’s red diary,” Modi said.
“It is said that the dark deeds of the Congress government are recorded in this red diary. People are saying that if the pages of the red diary are opened, then several big-wigs will be settled,” he said.
“These people might remain tight-lipped, but this red diary will lead to Congress defeat in this assembly election,” he added.
The red diary was recently produced by Gudha in the state assembly. He claimed it contained the details of the alleged irregular financial transactions of Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.
Gehlot had refuted the allegations, stating the red diary was imaginary and does not exist. He said the real loot is done by the prime minister by selling a red cylinder (LPG cylinder) for ₹1,150.
Congress, a directionless party: Modi
Reaching out to the youngsters of the state, Modi said a paper leak industry is running in Rajasthan and the Congress government will have to be removed to fulfil the dreams of the youth.
There is only one slogan this time – Nahi Sahega Rajasthan (Rajasthan will not tolerate). “Rajasthan will not tolerate atrocities on sisters and daughters,” he said, adding that the “lotus will bloom” in the state.
Pointing to the large number of people present at the rally, Modi said it was an indication of peoples support for the BJP and its victory in the upcoming polls.
“I have a guarantee…the fortunes of Rajasthan will change and lotus will bloom,” he said.
He called the Congress the biggest directionless party in the country, saying, “Their method is the same which has always been adopted by the enemies of the country.”
Taking a dig at the party, he said the slogan ‘Indira is India’ and ‘India is Indira’ during the era of former prime minister Indira Gandhi has now changed to ‘UPA is India’ and ‘India is UPA’.
‘UPA has been repackaged as INDIA’
Slamming the newly-formed Opposition coalition INDIA, Modi said the people cannot be misled merely by the use of the country’s name.
“India was there in the name of East India Company but its intention was to loot India. India was also there in the name of terror organisation SIMI which changed its name after a ban to PFI and the intention of the organisation was to damage India through terror attacks,” Modi said.
“Congress and its allies have started a new trick, this trick is to change the name. In earlier times, when a generation or a company used to get defamed, it immediately put up a new board and tried to run its business by confusing people. Congress is also doing the same,” Modi said.
He said, “To make sure the UPA’s misdeeds are not remembered, its (name) has been changed to INDIA”.
The prime minister said if the opposition leaders cared about India, why would they talk to foreigners about interfering in the country.
“If they cared about India, would they have raised questions on surgical strike and air strike? If they cared about India, would they have doubted the bravery of army personnel in Galwan? These are the same faces who used to cry in front of the world when there were terrorist attacks and did nothing,” Modi said.
The prime minister stressed that the Centre has been continuously spending on developmental projects in the state.
“When the Congress government was at the Centre for 10 years, only ₹1 lakh crore was given as tax share in Rajasthan whereas in the last nine years, the BJP government has given more than ₹4 lakh crore,” he said.
He said that water connections have reached more than nine crore new households across the country. In many states, 100 per cent tap water supply has been completed, but the Congress government wants to keep the people of Rajasthan yearning for water as well and Rajasthan is lagging far behind in Jal Jeevan Mission Scheme.
Earlier in the day, the prime minister dedicated 1.25 lakh PM Kisan Samriddhi Kendras to the nation and described them as one-stop centres for farmers that would pave the way for their prosperity.
He said the Centre has taken decisions in the interest of farmers for nine years and created arrangements from seed to market for them.
India, he said, could only develop when its villages do and his government was working to provide in villages every facility that is available in cities.
“Our government will not allow farmers to suffer due to the price of urea,” Modi said.
(With inputs from agencies)