Modi’s rally brings an immense crowd at Mangaluru
MANGALURU: On April 13, coincidentally falling on the auspicious day of Rama Navami, scores of supporters crossing over a lakh congregated at Nehru Maidan in Mangaluru to witness the current Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi’s election rally.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Dakshina Kannada candidate Nalin Kumar Kateel and Udupi candidate Shobha Karandlaje spoke in high regards of the PM to instigate excitement amongst the crowd.
PM Modi started his speech with praising the turnout of those in attendance, describing the sight as a sea of saffron. “I could see not just a human chain but a human wall on both sides,” he said as he narrated his journey from the airport to the rally location. He drew extreme differences between the alliance of the Indian National Congress (INC) and Janata Dal (Secular) (JD(S)) and that of the BJP by underlining the motive of each: nepotism and dynasty for the former and nationalism for the latter.
Enumerating his party’s success as opposed to the others, PM Modi highlighted the expansion of the neo-middle class alongside a reduction in poverty. He also brought out the linkage of Jan Dhan, Aadhaar, and mobile numbers leading to the formation of Jan Dhan-Aadhaar-Mobile (JAM) Yojana, which is an initiative under Modi’s administration that facilitates financial services and ensures subsidies to the country’s poor.
Modi claimed that BJP practised antyodaya, or uplifting the weaker parts of society, from which transparency and honesty were born, while the other side favoured vanshodaya, or the empowerment of lineage, resulting in corruption and injustice. “Vanshodaya led to discrimination, whereas our antyodaya led to something no one thought would happen before five years wherein someone belonging to an Adivasi locality, caring for the poor, or preserving a species of plants on the verge of extinction could be endowed with one of the highest forms of national prestige, that is, the Padma Shri award. I believe in the India that realises its true potential, resources, and dreams. It’s a shame that Congress did not deliver what India is rightfully worthy of after she got independence. The 20th century gave Congress a chance, but to no avail,” said Modi differentiating between BJP and INC.
PM Modi mentioned in his speech how Congress has shown nothing but carelessness in displaying acknowledgement and respect for those who have bled for the nation including freedom fighters and soldiers – rather they invested in commemorating only the members of their family. Further, he explained that Congress gets irrationally prickled whenever the opposition does something, to remember the fallen while speaking in light of the Jallianwala Bagh incident.
Modi also mentioned the lost promises of the ‘One Rank, One Pension’ scheme that Indira Gandhi failed to deliver, along with the proof of the surgical strikes that Congress claimed to carry forth. “These contaminated people question our army, and have gone down to such extremes wherein they address the army’s high ranking officers in bitter slews such as ‘gali ka gunda’. Shouldn’t they be ashamed of themselves? They should, right? But how can they – when they do not even have shame. They want majboor or helpless government, whereas we want mazboot or strong government,” he stated as he went on to speak of the contaminating culture of the party.
The current PM concluded by saying that the chowkidar will bring about change that the opposition never could.
Rishabh Raj, third-year, School of Allied Health Sciences, said, “Modi is a man with a plan, a man with a vision. I believe he knows how to execute small things that pave way for bigger things. I can’t see that kind of zeal in any other leader but Modi ji.”
The premises and surrounding areas were under tight security by over 2000 police force members and mobile ambulance services.
Other dignitaries present at the rally alongside PM Narendra Modi were MLA Sunil Kumar, MLA C T Ravi, Srinivas Poojary, MLAs Vedavyas Kamath and Dr Bharat Shetty, MLAs Raghupati Bhat, Harish Punja and S Angara, former MLA Lalaji R Mendon, and former MLC Captain Ganesh Karnik.
Featured Image Courtesy: Sabah Sogi
Edited by: Disha Acharya