Modi talks development, gives Ranchi example of Chhattisgarh
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BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi Sunday compared the growth of Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh — two states formed in the same year — to attack the Congress. He said while the people of Jharkhand remained poor despite the state being rich in natural resources, BJP-ruled Chhattisgarh has "sped ahead on the path of development".
Addressing a public rally here, his first after getting a clean chit from an Ahmedabad court in a 2002 Gujarat riots conspiracy case, Modi said, "Why is Jharkhand still poor and poverty is growing, although it is rich in resources?"
"It was former prime minister A B Vajpayee who understood the aspirations and dreams of the people of the region and created the state (Jharkhand) along with Uttarakhand and Chhattisgarh. The new state was created for progress, but why has it not happened in 13 years?" Chhattisgarh has been a "success" because the people there have been endorsing the BJP and its development policies, he said, while Jharkhand has suffered due to political instability.
With a poster of Parliament building as the backdrop on the stage, unlike the Red Fort that was used at two previous rallies, Modi appealed to the people to help the BJP sweep the 14 Lok Sabha seats from Jharkhand so that their aspirations could be fulfilled. Accusing the Congress at the Centre of ignoring Jharkhand's demands, he said when the BJP comes to power it would extend all necessary help to eradicate poverty and create jobs to halt migration of youth.
BJP president Rajnath Singh, in his speech, blamed political instability in the state for the lack of development. He advocated a rise in the strength of the Assembly from the current 81 seats to 150.
Attacking the Congress, Modi told the impressive gathering, "The 2014 elections is going to be a popular movement against misgovernance and in favour of good governance. We will move ahead with development."