Prime Minister Narendra Modi, today on Thursday came hard on the opposition parties stating that the Congress, which has been making efforts to forge a “mahagathbandhan” (grand alliance) for the Lok Sabha elections to be held in 2019, was in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and those who are a part of grand alliance are actually its support system.
This attack by PM Modi came during a video interaction with workers of the booth of the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) from Jaipur, west Arunachal, Nawada, Hazaribagh and Ghaziabad parliamentary constituencies.
Responding to a question made by a BJP worker from Arunachal Pradesh regarding the efforts of the opposition to build a grand alliance, PM Modi stated that it was not a matter of opposition unity but an attempt was being made so as to do branding for some political parties in the name of grand alliance.
He said, “This ‘mahagathbandhan’ is not a bond of knot but is an alliance of some opportunistic political parties to hide their weaknesses”.
He further added, “They are trying to stitch an alliance of parties while we are stitching people’s hearts. This is their compulsion. Our work is to stitch relations which is our national duty”.
The PM said that there was a confusion in the “mahagathbandhan” over policy and leadership. Their intention was crooked.
He added, “ Their only motto is ‘Modi hatao’, ‘Modi hatao’ and ‘Modi hatao’ (Remove Modi) while our determination is to accelerate the path of development.”
Calling the idea of grand alliance an instance of rising power of BJP, he sought to know why Congress, which had passed a resolution against alliances, was now backpedaling.
He said, “Some years back, the Congress passed a resolution in Madhya Pradesh saying it will never go for any alliance. What is the reason today they are ready to have an alliance with any political party? Today they are saying …save me”.
“When a patient remains in the ICU, he is given a different kind of support system so that he can survive. The Congress is installing a support system of political parties to save itself. For the Congress, all those part of ‘mahagathbandhan’ are only a support system so that they rescue it from ICU.”
PM Modi also asserted that Congress’ efforts to build a grand alliance were not going to make any difference to the BJP for the polls of Lok Sabha in 2019.
PM Modi further asked, “If the BJP government had made some mistakes or its popularity graph had gone down or the Prime Minister had made some mistakes, would they have gone for an alliance?” He also said, “They can’t stand before the BJP. This is the reason they are doing this to get together (‘mel milap’). They are ‘naamdar’ and we are ‘kaamdar’. Their purpose is welfare of a family and ours is country’s welfare. The country is going to judge them on these issues… Being a BJP worker it does not make any difference to us what our opponents are doing.”