Ahmedabad : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday accused the Congress party of meting out “injustice” to Sardar Patel and Bhimrao Ambedkar, and also took a jibe at the Congress on its claim of winning the Gujarat elections, referring to Cyclone Ockhi that was set to hit the state in a big way, but did not.
Disregarding the ‘Ockhi’ alert and continuing his scheduled programme of three days’ campaigning, the Prime Minister was here in Dhandhuka, a southern part of Ahmedababd district. Once again he began his speech mentioning the Congress, after reminiscing on his relationship with the place, reports IANS.
Mentioning the alerts about Cyclone Ockhi, he said, “Whatever that makes a big hullabaloo and is said that it is coming, never does”, hinting at the Congress, which has been campaigning in the state and claiming it is going to win the elections. The Cyclone was on Tuesday headed towards Gujarat but on Wednesday it weakened while over the Arabian Sea, sparing the poll-bound state.
Modi continued, “We think that the Congress meted out injustice to Sardar Patel, but let me tell you, he was not the only one. Their one family which rules meted out injustice to the maker of the Constitution, Bhimrao Ambedkar and all those who were getting significance in politics. Ambedkar had to go all the way to Bengal to fetch a membership in the constitutional body elections. Congress could not even afford to honour him with the Bharat Ratna. Baba Saheb was never remembered during the entire Congress regime in central government.”
He continued, “We bow to such great leaders. By continuing with the development works in Gujarat, the people of Gujarat should pay respect to the great leader.”
On the Triple Talaq issue, Modi said, “During the oncoming Uttar Pradesh elections, the central government was asked by the Supreme Court to file an affidavit regarding the issue. Many warned me that as the UP elections are coming we cannot risk doing so and many even expected that Modi would buy time from the apex court. But I said, why should I, when the question about thousands of our Muslim women is at stake. I don’t care about the elections. The country does not run merely on elections.”