New Delhi: Terming the show of strength by the Opposition parties in Kolkata on Saturday as "an alliance among the corrupt," Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had "an alliance with 125 crore people" of the country.
"This 'Mahagathbandhan' (grand alliance of Opposition parties) is a unique type of alliance. This alliance is between the Naamdaars. This alliance is all about nepotism, corruption, scams, negativity, instability, and inequality. This is a very unique merger," said Modi while addressing the BJP's booth level workers of Maharashtra and Goa through video conference.
"They have formed an alliance with each other. We have formed an alliance with 125 crore countrymen. Which alliance do you think is stronger? Most leaders at that stage in Kolkata were either sons of the influential people or were trying to set their own children in politics. They have money power while we have people's support," he said.
Underscoring the importance of Mera Booth, Sabse Majboot, Modi asked the party workers to reach out to the voters with the popular schemes launched by his government.
"Prepare a list of the schemes launched by the Central government and Maharashtra government alphabetically. Like A for Ayushman Bharat, B for Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, C for Clean Ganga Mission and so on, which can easily be recalled and remembered," said the prime minister.
Taking a potshot at the Opposition for their concern over the efficacy of electronic voting machines (EVMs), he said: "They have already started making excuses for their defeat in 2019 Lok Sabha polls. EVM is being made a villain. It is natural that every political party wants to win the polls, but is worrisome if some parties take the public for granted. They consider public stupid and keep changing their colours."
During his interaction with the party workers, Modi also showed them the video of an improvised version of the song Breathless sung by Shankar Mahadevan, with lyrics based on the Centre's schemes.
Modi urged the party cadres to make songs along these lines in local dialect to popularise the schemes being run by the Central and the state governments of the BJP.
"Make songs in local languages, describing all the schemes of the government, which I will tweet," he said, while lauding the spirit of ailing Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and extended good wishes for his wellbeing.
"I pray that my dear friend Manohar ji, popular Chief Minister of Goa and architect of modern Goa recovers soon. He is working even in this condition and his passion towards work is inspirational for us," said Modi.
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Updated Date: Jan 20, 2019 17:39:06 IST