Prime Minister Narendra Modi, addressing a rally at the CBD Ground in Karkardooma, east Delhi, said on Monday that there were protests over some time on the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAA), be it in Seelampur, Jamia or Shaheen Bagh. “Are these demonstrations just a coincidence? No. This is an experiment. There is a design of politics behind it, which is ruining the harmony of the nation,” the prime minister said, making it clear his government is not going to negotiate a resolution with the squatters.
The prime minister said at the rally in Delhi that India would not be driven by the politics of hate but by the policy of development. Modi said that the people of Delhi had increased the strength of BJP in the Lok Sabha elections. By giving seven seats, the people of Delhi had told in which direction they were thinking.
“The people of Delhi have helped a lot in changing the country. Now the vote of the people of Delhi will change Delhi too,” the prime minister said.
At the Delhi rally, recognising the clout of the trading class in the capital that was peeved with the BJP due to the marginalisation of Dr Harsh Vardhan of the community in the party in 2015, Modi said that it had always been the endeavour of the BJP to reduce the problems of traders, reduce their troubles so that they could do their work freely. “For the first time, IBC legislation was passed to give entrepreneurs a path to a respectable exit from businesses. For the first time, direct assistance reached the bank account of every farming family in the country. For the first time, farmers, labourers and small traders have got pension facilities,” he said.
Modi highlights his pace of ideological reforms
The prime minister said that the opposition complained about him that “Modi ji is so fast! Work slowly. Why are you taking big decisions one after the other? What is the need for this?”
Underscoring the pace of his ideological policy decisions, the prime minister said, “After how many years did Article 370 go? Seventy years. How many years after independence came the decision on Ramjanmabhoomi? Seventy years. After how many years was the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor made? Seventy years. How many years did it take to resolve the India-Bangladesh border dispute? Seventy years.”
Prime Minister Modi said that the vote on 8 February would not be just to form the government but to take the development of Delhi to a new height in this decade. “Who can do this work? The Bharatiya Janata Party, which fulfils every resolve it makes, does what it says,” he boasted.
The prime minister said about the unauthorised settlements in the capital that constitute a bulk of Delhi’s electorate, “When the BJP-NDA government is formed in Delhi on 11 February, the development works in these colonies will increase rapidly. BJP has said in its resolution letter that a board will be formed for the development of these colonies.”
The prime minister promised slum dwellers of Delhi that they would get concrete flats with adequate water supply under the central government’s Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana for the poor by 2022.
Attacking the AAP that rules Delhi, the prime minister said while his government had made 2 crore houses for the poor across the country, the local government did not allow the central scheme to be implemented in the city-state.
On Tuesday, Modi will address a public meeting in Dwarka area of south Delhi. The prime minister will address only two rallies in this Delhi assembly election. In a Modi rally, all the candidates of the respective areas will be called on the dais.
The BJP has put all its strength into the campaign to win the Delhi election. Before the prime minister, union ministers Amit Shah and BJP president JP Nadda addressed rallies. Upcoming on BJP’s campaign programme are Shah’s rallies in Delhi’s Mundka, Sadar Bazar, Budhanagar and Greater Kailash.
Votes will be cast for the election to all 70 assembly seats in Delhi on 8 February. The votes will be counted on 11 February and the election result will be declared that very day.
In this election, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) faces the challenge of retaining power in the face of anti-incumbency seen in the elections (civic body and Lok Sabha) following its stupendous victory in 2015. The BJP and the Indian National Congress (INC) are trying to regain power.
On 4 and 5 February, former INC president Rahul Gandhi and general secretary Priyanka Gandhi will address an election rally in Delhi.