Barmer: Firing a fresh salvo at the Congress party, Bharatiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Saturday accused it of “working overtime” through the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and “agents” to send him to jail, saying it failed to implicate him in the last 10 years as he came out “clean”.
“CBI worked round the clock to implicate and send me behind bars. Madam Sonia’s government and agents worked overtime to ruin me but what happened? I came out clean,” Modi said, addressing an election rally in support of Sonaram Chaudhary, BJP candidate from the keenly watched constituency of Barmer.
Barmer constituency in Rajasthan has generated a lot of interest as expelled BJP leader Jaswant Singh is contesting from here as an Independent. Sonaram was a former Congress MLA before he joined the BJP.
“They (Congress) have only one agenda—stop Modi. Why are they restless and upset and why are they conspiring because they know that if Modi comes (to power), where will be their place after 16 May,” Modi said.
Exuding confidence that the BJP would win all the 25 constituencies in Rajasthan, Modi said the Congress would not be able to touch double figure in any of the states and would not be able to win even a single seat in some states, including Rajasthan. “Congress has never seen such bad days before. They are afraid, have left the battle and accepted defeat,” he said.
Modi made a strong pitch for extending citizenship rights to refugees from Pakistan. “If any one comes from Bangladesh then he is welcomed and all rules are broken for him. But the same is not done for refugees from Pakistan coming here,” he said. Sympathizing with refugees from Pakistan, he said, “They come here because they love India. They have come from Pakistan not with any ulterior motives. They are shouting Bharat Mata Ki Jai. They do not get any citizenship benefits. Why should they be denied? We need to end this politics of votebanks.”
“I want to assure you that you are also like Indian citizens. We will do justice and give all rights to you,” he said.
Targeting former Punjab chief minister and Congress candidate from Amritsar Amrinder Singh, Modi accused him of not divulging details of foreign bank accounts held under his wife and son’s name in his affidavit while filing nomination papers and demanded response from the party. “A complaint has been filed with the Election Commission against the former chief minister of Punjab and Congress candidate from Amritsar that he has not divulged details of foreign bank accounts under his wife and son’s name. This is a very serious issue and Congress should give answer on it,” Modi said.