‘Greed for power united imposers and critics of Emergency,’ says PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday launched a blistering attack on the opposition parties and accused them of being blinded in their pursuit of power.

Addressing a public rally here in Sant Kabir Nagar district, where the 15th century mystic poet and saint Kabir Das breathed his last, Modi said that while the saint wanted rulers to work for people’s welfare ignoring caste and status, political parties were now joining hands just for power.

“There are some parties which do not want peace & development but unrest. They think if there will be unrest, they will benefit politically. Such people are cut off from their roots. They don’t know the nature of this nation, where the likes of Sant Kabir, Mahatma Gandhi and Baba Ambedkar belong,” PM Modi said.

“The very people who opposed each other and measures like Emergency are now coming together for power,” he said, rebuking the opposition parties. He added that these “(opposition) politicians, leaders and political parties had nothing to do with the people or their welfare as their self promotion and the welfare of their own families was on top of their minds.”

The Prime Minister said the opposition was out to create disruptions and chaos.

Such people, he said, were cut off from the ground realities and were merely pursuing politics of self interest.

Only a few days back, the 47th anniversary of Emergency was marked by unusual bonhomie between opposition parties who were at one point bitter critics of Emergency but were now standing together.

The Prime Minister also referred to the triple talaq issue and said the move by his government was to provide equality to Muslim women but some political parties put a spanner in the issue.

“Such political parties are not concerned about the welfare of the women of the Muslim community.”

Recalling the ethos of Kabir, Modi said the saint always propagated equality and welfare of all sections and said his government was pursuing the same path.

“My government is working relentlessly for the poor, Dalits, marginalized and deprived. Bank accounts have been opened for 5 crore persons, 1.25 crore toilets have been built and one crore persons have been brought under the ambit of insurance.”

During his public address, the Prime Minister also spoke about Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY), the scheme that has benefitted over five crore people, by helping them open bank accounts. PMJDY has provided over 80 lakh women with free gas connections.

Pointing out Bharatiya Janta Party’s achievements, Prime Minister talked about Swacch Bharat Abhiyan, under which around 1.25 crore toilets have been built. He said this government is committed to working for the upliftment of the poor.

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Modi laid the foundation stone of Sant Kabir Academy in Maghar and also visited Sant Kabir’s Mazar with Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.