Tribune News Service
New Delhi, January 12
Presenting himself and the BJP as the best options before the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said it was for the country to decide what kind of ‘sevak’ it wants.
The choice is “between stability and instability, an honest and courageous leader and a leaderless opportunistic alliance, a 'majboot' government and a ‘mazboor’ government”, the party's political resolution at the concluding day of its two-day National Convention, possibly the last before the country to elect its next government, also said.
The Prime Minister said the country should decide if it wants a ‘pradhan sevak’ (he prefers to call himself that) who spends months on vacation abroad or one who works tirelessly without taking a break, in an apparent veiled attack against Congress president Rahul Gandhi, who is considered as his major challenger in the upcoming polls.
The Prime Minister spent a considerable time enumerating the demerits of the Congress and "failed alliances" like the BSP-SP forged today. The resolution also said a "comical alliance known as Maha-Gathbandhan of desperate, contradictory and opportunistic political formations is being sought to be raised to take on the Prime Minister the BJP and the NDA".
Stressing on instability that such alliances may usher at the Centre if elected to power, he also referred to short tenures of prime ministers, from four months to a year, during the 1990s like that of Chandrashekhar, H D Deve Gowda and I K Gujral to stress his point. "The country has to decide where it has to go," he said.
Opposition parties are coming together as they wanted to form a 'mazboor' (helpless) government to promote nepotism and corruption, he said.
"The BJP wants a strong dispensation for all-round development. We want a strong government so that we can put an end to corruption. These days there is a failed experiment taking place in the country which is known as the grand alliance. They have all gathered together to make a helpless government.”
"They don't want a strong government which will lead to shutdown of their shops," Modi said, putting onus on voters, especially the new and young ones to make the right choice.
Modi said for the first time in the country's history, there has not been any charge of corruption against a government.
Presenting a detailed report card of his government’s achievements, he called the 10 per cent reservation to economically weaker sections as one that had filled the people with new hope. Like party’s other leaders, including chief Amit Shah and Yogi Adityanath, he also attacked the Congress over the Ram Temple issue, saying it doesn't want a solution to the Ayodhya dispute and was creating hurdles through its lawyers. "The Congress does not want resolution of the Ayodhya issue," Modi said, referring to remarks of senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal who had said the Supreme Court should hear the matter after conclusion of general elections.