BJP National Convention LATEST Updates: Speaking about the controversial Ayodhya issue, Modi said: "Look at the Ayodhya matter. Congress is using their lawyers to stall the issue. Congress was even ready to impeach the CJI. We should not forget what Congress is doing and we should not let anyone forget it."
Modi also responded to Congress' continued "chowkidar chor hai" jibes over the Rafale deal, and said that the 'chowkidaar' will not stop at anything to expose the Congress' lies and games.
"No matter how much the Congress resorts to name-calling, the 'chowkidaar' will not stop," he said, amid cheers and applause.
In a continued attack on the Congress, Narendra Modi said that during the Congress' tenure, there were only two ways to get a loan. In the common process, one could ask a bank for a loan, and in the Congress process, banks were forced to give money to their "greedy friends."
One could ask for a loan of Rs 10 lakh to set up his or her home as part of the common process. But in the Congress process, loans worth hundreds of thousands of rupees were given over a phone call, Modi said.
"You would need a second loan to pay off the first loan in the Congress process, a third to pay off the second, and so on," he added.
Modi reiterated his government's plan to establish a 10 percent quota for upper caste poor.
"This is not just reservation but an attempt to give a new dimension to the aspirations of youths, who are left behind. The provision of reservation done by Babasaheb Ambedkar is as strong today as it was then. And will continue to remain strong," he said.
The prime minister in his speech expressed pride the BJP government "has not been accused of corruption."
"It has happened for the first time in the history of the country that a government that came into power with an absolute majority hasn't been accused of corruption," he said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the BJP National Council meeting on Friday, which is the second and final day of the summit in the national capital. Reportedly, the prime minister will lay out the election agenda of the BJP and NDA alliance in his address at 12.30 pm.
File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Reuters
BJP president Amit Shah on Friday dismissed the SP-BSP alliance and exhorted party leaders and workers in Uttar Pradesh to prepare to fight for a vote share of more than 50 percent. Shah spoke about an emerging “Modi versus the rest” situation in the Lok Sabha polls, and asserted that such a scenario would ultimately benefit the party, as people would see the negatives of the Opposition parties' game.
According to reports, the Modi government's "social justice" plank with its outreach to Dalits, backward classes and general category was expected to be the key theme at the meeting. Almost 12,000 party workers and members were anticipated to participate in the summit. Sources said the council may pass three resolutions, highlighting the government's "successes" on various fronts ranging from economy to social justice and also dwell at length on the prevailing political scenario.
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Updated Date: Jan 12, 2019 15:11:58 IST