New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, at a public meeting in Jalandhar on Friday, renewed his commitment to fighting corruption, and said it affected the financially weaker sections and middle-class the most.
He was campaigning for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) alliance ahead of assembly elections on 4 February.
Modi said development was the solution to all problems and added that the people of Punjab needed to protect themselves from those who wanted to stop development.
“Fight against corruption will not stop, it affects the poor and middle-class most. Fight against corruption will continue. I want support of people to fight corruption. There is a government at the Centre which fights corruption," Modi said.
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“After demonetisation, I was accused for three months. It was like torture. But the corrupt should understand, I am Modi, I will not surrender before corruption," he said.
Modi said there was an attempt to malign the image of Punjab and its youth. “The election is to punish those who are maligning the image of the state. People are spreading lies about Punjab and these people would be punished in the elections," he added.
Talking about the alliance between BJP and SAD, Modi said the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government at the Centre was working for the benefit of farmers and had also agreed to the demands of retired soldiers on one rank, one pension (OROP). “The Union government honours the farmers and the soldiers of the country. Everyone in Punjab was celebrating when the Indian army carried out surgical strikes in November last year," the prime minister said.
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Targeting the Congress, Modi called the party a thing of the past. He accused its leadership of being concerned only about being in power.
“Why will the people of Punjab vote for Congress, a party which is history now, a thing of the past. Congress party can align with Communists in West Bengal and Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh. Congress party has no rules, it only wants to protect itself and wants to remain in power," the prime minister said.