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Modi slams Cong for denigrating Punjab youth

Jalandhar: Striking an emotional chord with voters, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday ‘singled out’ Congress for denigrating the youth of Punjab as ‘drug addicts’ and said that the assembly elections 2017 was a platform to teach them a lesson.

Modi refrained from naming Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in his speech and sought people’s support in weeding out blackmoney from the country. Notably, both Congress and AAP including other parties were critical of the BJP for launching demonetisation.

The PM said that post demonetisation, though he was being criticised by his rivals for the last three months but they knew that ‘Ye Modi hai, Zulm ke samne jhukta nahi hai’ (This is Modi, who would not bow down before such attacks).

Addressing the Vijay Sankalp rally at PAP ground, Modi pleaded public support and said, “I need your support to weed out blackmoney from the country, as this was not a ‘political decision’ but one aimed at the betterment of nation’s future,” he added.

Interestingly, a majority of the BJP leaders and candidates in fray were wary of the public outcry over demonetisation. Recently, BJP leader from Amritsar Anil Joshi asked voters not to punish him for demonetisation drive of Modi government.

The PM also questioned that when Punjabi youth known for their valour and hardwork have proved their mettle, how could Congress brand them as drug addicts? “Punjab boldly overcame the dark days of terrorism but its youth was never denigrated on such a scale. But, now a planned malicious campaign was being run to colour Punjab as a land of drug addicts and they should be punished,” he added.

Further taking a dig at the Congress for the debacle of assembly elections 2012, Modi said that the Congress leaders had got new clothes stitched for oath-taking ceremony but the people of Punjab preferred to elect SAD-BJP alliance to power for the second time in a row.

“At that time, voters had given a befitting reply to Congress. Even now, people of Punjab would bring SAD-BJP combine to power for record third time in a row under the leadership of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal. The results this time would stun everybody,” he maintained.

Modi also targeted Congress for aligning with Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh and communists in West Bengal. “Congress was restless without power now. Their sole agenda was to gain power at any cost, even if it meant compromising with non-ideological partners,” the PM mentioned.

On the issue of SYL, Modi refrained from stating anything on the controversial issue of not sharing water with Haryana but said that they would bring water from Indus river of Pakistan for Punjab.

Earlier, the PM also listed surgical strike, OROP, gas connections for the poor and plan to provide affordable houses to the poor till 2022.

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