Lok Sabha polls: PM Modi says Congress’s manifesto bears imprint of Muslim League | India News

Lok Sabha polls: PM Modi says Congress’s manifesto bears imprint of Muslim League | India News

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NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a scathing attack on the Congress party, saying that its manifesto reflects the imprint of the Muslim League, which advocated for Pakistan as a different country for Muslims during the freedom movement. Addressing a rally in Saharanpur on Saturday, PM Modi criticized the timing of the manifesto release and accused Congress of disconnecting from contemporary India.
“Yesterday’s manifesto release by Congress completely bears the imprint of the Muslim League’s thinking, with the remainder dominated by Leftists. This Congress is disconnected from the aspirations of today’s India,” said PM Modi.
‘Congress cannot take India forward in the 21st century’
PM Modi questioned the relevance of the current Congress party, saying that its legacy of fighting for independence is long gone. He said that the manifesto proved that Congress is “completely cut off from the hopes and aspirations of today’s India”.
“Today’s Congress has neither policies for the nation’s interest nor a vision for the country’s progress,” PM Modi remarked.
“The kind of manifesto released by Congress yesterday proves that today’s Congress is completely cut off from the hopes and aspirations of today’s India. The same thinking is reflected in the Congress manifesto which was there in the Muslim League during the freedom movement,” said PM Modi.
“The Congress manifesto completely bears the imprint of the Muslim League and whatever part of it is left is completely dominated by the leftists,” the Prime Minister added.
Muslim League and Mohammed Ali Jinnah made the demand for the partition of British India into separate Hindu and Muslim states and after the formation of Pakistan in 1947, the League became Pakistan’s dominant political party.
Highlighting the promises made in the Congress manifesto, including legal guarantees for Minimum Support Price (MSP) and repealing the Agnipath scheme, PM Modi criticized the opposition’s lack of concrete plans for the nation’s development.

PM attacks UPA rule
The PM also attacked the UPA rule saying that the country was going through a period of despair and crisis.
“Ten years ago, I came to Saharanpur for an election meeting. At that time, the country was going through a period of great despair and great crisis. I had guaranteed you at that time that I would not let the country bow down. I had resolved that with your blessings, I will turn despair into hope, hope into faith. You left no stone unturned in your blessings and Modi left no stone unturned in his hard work,” he said.
‘Difficult for Congress to find candidates’
PM Modi also took aim at Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav over their alliance, comparing it to a “flop film” that has been re-released.
Attacking Congress, he said the party is finding it difficult to find candidates even from its strongholds and said there were instances where party candidates did not turn up for filing nomination.
“This is the first election I am witnessing where the opposition is contesting not to win but to contain the BJP below 370 seats and NDA 400. Samajwadi Party is in such a condition that they have to change the candidates every hour and for Congress, it is even worse, they aren’t finding candidates, even at their strongholds… ‘Do ladkon ki film jo pichali baar flop ho chuki hai, un do ladkon ki film ko in logon ne fir se release kiya hai,'” he said.
He also slammed the INDIA alliance and said while they are for “commission”, his government is on a mission.
‘BJP has won trust of people’
PM Modi also said the BJP has won the trust of the people through its work.
“Today is the foundation day of BJP. In just a few decades, record numbers of our countrymen have joined the BJP. BJP has won the trust of the people, BJP has won the hearts of the people. The biggest reason for this is that the BJP does not follow politics but follows national policy. For BJP, the nation comes first, this is not BJP’s slogan but our article of faith,” he said.
‘BJP works without discrimination’
He recalled that the BJP government works without discrimination and said the government has also brought the bill to abrogate triple talaq.
“Abrogating article 370 has been our mission and this mission has also been completed. The stones thrown by stone-pelters in Kashmir, Modi took that stone and started building Vikasit Jammu and Kashmir… Today, every Indian says, ‘Niyat sahi to natije sahi’. BJP government works without any discrimination, we want our policies to reach everyone and for this, we have worked for 10 years. Our mantra is ‘saturation’, which means people should benefit 100 per cent, that’s the real secularism and social justice,” he said.

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Referring to allegations of the opposition parties over the misuse of probe agencies, PM Modi said the action “against corruption” will continue.
“INDI alliance is for Commission. Whereas NDA, Modi government is for the mission…,” he said.
Congress manifesto was released at the party headquarters by party leaders Mallikarjun Kharge, Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi on Friday.
Saharanpur along with seven other seats in Uttar Pradesh will go to the polls in the first phase of Lok Sabha polls on April 19.
Congress rebuts PM Modi’s Muslim League remark, highlights Jan Sangh’s history
The Congress hit back at PM Modi over his remarks that the party’s manifesto bore a Muslim League imprint, saying the Prime Minister “does not know his history” as it was none other than Jan Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee himself who was part of a coalition government in Bengal with the League in the early 1940s. The opposition party also accused the BJP of practising “politics of divisiveness”.
Reacting to the PM’s remarks, Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh said, “The PM does not know his history as it was, in fact, none other than Mookerjee, the president of the Hindu Mahasabha then, who was himself part of the coalition government in Bengal with the Muslim League.”
Ramesh further highlighted the historical alliance between the Hindu Mahasabha and the Muslim League in Sindh and the North-West Frontier Province. “It is the BJP, not the Congress, that believes in and practices the politics of divisiveness,” Ramesh said.
(With inputs from agencies)

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