Modi says BJP must fulfill Gandhi's wish to make India Congress free

Modi said a that a Congress-free India will help fulfill father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi's dream.

BHOPAL: Sounding the poll bugle and putting up a show of unity at a mammoth rally in Bhopal today, Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi repeated his slogan of a Congress-free India, saying that the mood of the country is in favour of the BJP.

Modi said a that a Congress-free India will help fulfill father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi's dream.
 
"Mahatma Gandhi wanted to end the Congress organisation but people within the party did not allow it. A Congress-free India will help fulfill Mahatma Gandhi's dream and we have to do that task. We must make each polling booth Congress-free," he said.
 
Some reports said that there were about 7.5 lakh people at Modi’s rally, that was held at the Jambooree Maidan in Bhopal.
 
Modi also lashed out at the Congress led UPA government for not funding welfare schemes in Madhya Pradesh, saying that the Centre only provides funds for the Congress-ruled states and praised the efforts of MP chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan for the work he has done in the state.
 
"What the Congress could not do in 50 years, Shivraj Chouhan has done thrice as much in 10 years. If Congress wins, they will destroy Madhya Pradesh," he said.
 
Speaking at the 'Karyakarta Mahakumbh' rally along with several other leaders, Modi said: 'Delhi government is not ready to help MP's government because it is a BJP-ruled  state. UPA gives funds only to Congress ruled states. When Congress found BJP states performing better, they stopped publishing figures. More funds given to Congress ruled states than  others.'
 
He also said that the centre has been constantly troubling Shivraj Singh Chouhan by making sure that none of his schemes are implemented.
 
Modi added that the BJP ruled states have fared better than the ones governed by the Congress saying: 'Congress is using inclusive growth term because BJP has ensured inclusive growth in states where they are in power. Not one Congress government has done anything to help the poor in this country. The BJP government have worked for the welfare of the people without discrimination.'
 
Accusing the Congress of using the CBI against NDA leaders, Modi said: 'The next election won't be fought by Congress but by the CBI. Congress lacks the strength to defeat BJP, so they have put CBI in the field.'
 
Also at the rally, BJP veteran LK Advani and the Gujarat chief minister shared the podium for the first time since Narendra Modi was named the party's prime ministerial candidate, despite Advani's stiff opposition.
 
Advani greeted Modi with a bouquet of flowers, and the Gujarat chief minister bowed to touch the veteran leader's feet as a mark of respect.
 
Party leader Uma Bharati, former chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, was also present at the conclave which was addressed by party president Rajnath Singh.
 
Advani said the Bharatiya Janata Party will seek the mandate in party-ruled states of Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh on the basis of its performance.
 
Referring to Modi as "Narendra bhai Modi", Advani said it was a matter of pleasure that the leader who had been made the party's prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 general elections was also present at the rally.
 
He praised Modi for providing round-the-clock electricity to villages in Gujarat, and said Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh had followed suit.
 
Speaking at the mega conclave, Party president Rajnath Singh lauded Modi and said that if the country worked together, nothing could stop the Gujarat chief minister from taking over as the next head of government.
 
Singh lashed out at the UPA government, and praised the BJP's tenure at the centre, saying that it was the sole block of history in independent India when the country flourished.
 
"You are witness to the condition of the country, ever since the Congress party took over. Corruption is ever prevalent, security is threatened, and the country is passing through extremely difficult times," Singh said.
 
"In independent India, if there was a regime that could control inflation, it was Bharatiya Janata Party's senior leader Atal Bihari Vajpeyi. Ever since this government has taken over, there is a continuous trend of price rise in the country. ...During our tenure of six years at the Centre, no one can could point a finger and accuse us of any corruption," he added.
 
Rajnath Singh also alleged that the Congress-led UPA government was trying to misguide the people of the country with their facts, figures and statements, and predicted that this trend would lead to their downfall.

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