In the face of a no-confidence motion in Parliament regarding the situation in Manipur, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a strong stance against the opposition in Rajasthan on Thursday (27 July).
During a rally in Sikar, he emphasized the issue of crimes against women in states ruled by the opposition. His message was clear: Rajasthan will not tolerate any atrocities against its sisters and daughters.
Modi criticized the Congress government, asserting that Rajasthan is a land of brave and courageous people who do not plead but roar for justice. He stated that the people of Rajasthan have one united resolve and slogan: "Behen, betiyon par atyachar, nahin sahega Rajasthan" (Rajasthan will not tolerate atrocities against sisters and daughters).
Furthermore, the Prime Minister extended this slogan to address other pressing issues in the state, such as crimes against Dalits, debt-ridden farmers, paper leaks, and corruption.
The PM also mentioned the controversial "red diary," allegedly containing incriminating information against Congress Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. He accused the Congress of being involved in corruption and stated that the red diary would be a significant blow to their reputation in the upcoming elections.
“The Congress means loot ki dukaan, jhooth ka bazaar (a shop of loot in a market of lies). And the latest product of this loot ki dukaan is the red diary,” he said indirectly targeting Rahul Gandhi's "mohabbat ki dukaan" (shop of love).
Modi remarked, "Even the prominent leaders of the Congress are left speechless when the red diary is mentioned. Though they may try to not speak about it, this red diary will render the entire Congress speechless and score a zero in these elections."
Moreover, Modi criticized the Gehlot government for the leak of exam papers related to government jobs, a matter where the Congress government found itself on the back foot.
He also commented on the opposition parties forming an alliance under the acronym INDIA and drew parallels to historical entities like the East India Company and the Students' Islamic Movement of India.
Regarding developmental contributions, the Prime Minister asserted that the BJP government at the Centre had done more for Rajasthan. He highlighted the substantial increase in funds allocated to the state during the BJP government's tenure.
"During the ten years of the Congress government at the Centre, Rajasthan received Rs 1 lakh crore as its share in taxes. However, in the past nine years under the BJP government, Rajasthan has received over Rs 4 lakh crore," he stated the data.
He also mentioned the Central grants received by the state, saying, "Under the ten years of the UPA government, Rajasthan received approximately Rs 50,000 crore in Central grants. In contrast, under the current BJP government at the Centre, the state has been granted over Rs 1.5 lakh crore."
Modi also pointed out the obstacles created in the state's path to development under the Congress government. He cited the example of the Jal Jeevan Mission, where several states had completed their work, but Rajasthan had not, which he attributed to the Gehlot government's negligence.
In response to Modi's remarks, Chief Minister Gehlot accused the BJP of misusing government agencies and creating unnecessary politics around the alleged "red diary," stating that it was an imaginary creation with no basis.
Overall, the rally saw the Prime Minister addressing critical issues in Rajasthan and reiterating his party's commitment to the state's development and welfare.
Nishtha Anushree is Senior Sub-editor at Swarajya. She tweets at @nishthaanushree.
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