Prime Minister Narendra Modi criticized the Indian National Congress during a rally in support of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the Neemuch district of Madhya Pradesh.
In his address, he accused Congress of practising a “divide and rule” policy to maintain power and of setting records in corruption. He also alleged that the opposition party aligns with foreign entities that conspire against India.
PM Modi stated, “The Congress has always created problems for the country and has no solution for them. It governed the nation by adopting the policy of divide and rule.”
He invoked Mahatma Gandhi’s vision for honest and ethical governance, emphasizing “Ram Rajya” (ideal rule) in India.
“But on one hand the Congress has built a fort of corruption and on the other hand it has declared Lord Ram as an imaginary character,” he said.
PM Modi went on to accuse the Congress of consistently setting new records in corruption when in power at the central or state level. He noted that India’s global stature is on the rise but claimed that the Congress is uncomfortable with this development.
“This global ascendancy is happening because of you, who formed the BJP government, which takes tough and big decisions. This is what the Congress has not been able to digest for the last 10 years,” PM Modi said.
He further alleged that the Congress, despite criticizing him incessantly, is puzzled by India’s changing international profile.
“This (India’s rising power in the world) is what is bothering the Congress. Therefore, the Congress wants to spread instability and anarchy in the country. For this, the Congress has made secret agreements. The Congress now seems to be standing with foreigners who openly conspire against India. The people of Madhya Pradesh have to be very cautious of the Congress,” he said.
“Because of the Congress, the country’s problems have become more serious, especially the loot of the poor. One of its Prime Ministers once admitted that out of Re 1 sent from the Centre, only 15 paise reached the beneficiary,” he said.
PM Modi cited the BJP’s Jan Dhan initiative, which involves a combination of mobile technology, Aadhaar, and bank accounts to plug leakages in welfare schemes. He highlighted the transfer of ₹2.60 lakh crore under the PM Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme directly into the bank accounts of beneficiaries, bypassing middlemen.
He also pointed out that during the Congress regime, only 6,000 houses were sanctioned under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (urban), while the BJP’s “double-engine” government (with the saffron party in power at both the central and state levels) approved the construction of 10 lakh homes in Madhya Pradesh.