Ayodhya: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today invoked the Ramayana and warned against terrorism in the rally of Ayodhya. While targeting the opposition parties, the prime minister spoke of the tough steps taken against terrorism by his government.
Referring to the terrorist attack in Sri Lanka, Prime Minister Modi said what happened in Colombo was the situation in India before 2014. He said the news of this kind of explosion stopped coming in the last 5 years.
How can we forget how a bomb blast took place in Faizabad. Prime Minister said, adding that this “new Hindustan” would enter the home of the terrorist and kill him—a reference to the surgical and Balakot strikes. “The new India does not meddle in anyone’s affairs but, if disturbed, does not spare the perpetrator,” he said.
Targeting the SP-BSP alliance, the prime minister said that the mahamilavat (Modi’s reference to the so-called mahagathbandhan) is looking forward to forming a helpless government once again and “you have to be cautious”.
Prime Minister Modi said on the issue of terrorism in the rally in Mayan Market of Gauriganj of Ayodhya, 35 km from the disputed site, “What happened in Sri Lanka… the situation was similar in India before 2014. Such news stopped disturbing us in the last five years.”
Modi said there was no room for complacency, though. “This does not mean that the terrorists are all eliminated. A factory of terrorists is still operating in our neighbourhood,” he said without naming Pakistan.
‘Precautions avert accidents’
Prime Minister Modi said, “The terrorists want a weak government in the country. They are waiting for an opportunity to strike again. As it is written in road signs, ‘savdhani hati, durghatna ghati’ (when you are careless, accidents happen), the game of terrorism works like that.”
Taking on the Congress and the SP-BSP alliance, Prime Minister Modi said, “This is important also because the SP, BSP and Congress have an old record of a soft approach to terror. Our government machinery catches terrorists while they used to leave them to vote. Today, this mahamilavat wants to form a helpless government. You have to be alert.”
‘Building new India’
Referring to the economic development of the country, the prime minister said, “When you press the button against the lotus (election symbol of the BJP), it means you are sowing dreams and then you will reap the fruits when the dreams come true. It means that a patriot will emerge within you that will live for the country, the spirit of the soldier will rise inside you, who will live for the country and die for the country.”
Speaking on the SP-BSP, Prime Minister Modi said, “Behenji (Mayawati) used the name of Babasaheb, but she did all that is opposed to Ambedkar’s ideals. The SP took the name of Lohiaji in every step but, by their conduct, not only destroyed the law-and-order of Uttar Pradesh but also dumped the ideals of Lohia. Those who spoke of Lohia never cared about the poor and the workers.”
Congress targeted too
Modi said, “The Congress, which promises to remove poverty in every election for the last 70 years, did not even worry about workers. They did not care for more than 40 million workers. They turned workers and the poor into vote banks and benefited just themselves and their family.
The prime minister said, “No poor wants to see their child poor, no tea-seller wants his child to grow up to become another tea-seller. Every poor person wants to move forward; the worker wants to move forward. He needs support. For the first time, a government has thought about the poor and the workers in the country. We care for them, have worked to make their lives easier.”
As Prime Minister Modi spoke, supporters fiercely chanted “Modi-Modi”. Taking a dig at the coalition, he said, “You show so much love that it heightens the blood pressure of the SP-BSP leaders. Then they complain Modi’s doctor never arrived.”
He said, “There is a lot of work going on in the country now in the name of Desh Darshan. Under this, 15 circuits including the Ramayana circuit and Buddhist circuit are under progress. From Ayodhya to Rameswaram, the path that Lord Rama traced (to Lanka) is being developed.
Dealing with his government’s focus on Hindu practices, Prime Minister Modi said yoga was a part of our culture for many years, but on 21 June, the world celebrates Yoga Day now. Kumbh Mela has been happening for years too, but a divine and wonderful glimpse of the occasion was seen for the first time.
When the first lady of South Korea comes as the chief guest in Ayodhya, the whole country discusses it. When a bus from Janakpuri in Nepal to Ayodhya in India gets the green signal, it is discussed the world over.
Prime Minister Modi said in the rally, “The light of Ayodhya has been burning for thousands of years, but now when Deepawali is celebrated, it becomes a topic of discussion all over the world.”
There was, however, no mention of the promised Ram temple, the issue that made the BJP a national party, in Modi’s speech.