NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has introduced the nakaampanthi (those who follow the path of failure) model of governance, and accused Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal of not working for the development of the people.
Modi also accused the Congress of misusing the defence forces for political gains and rewarding people who were accused in the anti-Sikh riots of 1984.
“There are naampanthi (dynasts), vaampanthi (foreign ideology), dam and damanpanthi (middlemen) and vikaspanthi (development) oriented political parties in the country. But Delhi has nakaampanthis who not only do not allow us to carry out development work, but are also unable to work on their own," Modi said at the Ramlila ground during his first public meeting in the national capital for the ongoing Lok Sabha elections,
He added that he would change the political system and end corruption that had led to anarchy in Delhi. “They (AAP) came to change the country but themselves changed. First they opposed every political party, but now they have apologized to the same political party for electoral gains. They abused every institution and have only blamed others for their failures."
The PM also launched a scathing attack on the Congress and the Gandhi family, accusing them of using India’s warships for personal holidays. “INS Virat was used by family members of Rajiv Gandhi when he was the prime minister of the country and the family stayed in an island for 10 days."
Winning the seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi will be crucial for all political parties, considering it is a prestige battle.
While the BJP had managed to win all seven seats in the 2014 general elections, it could not win the assembly elections in 2015 when AAP got a historic mandate.
The Congress too is trying to revive its strength and has fielded former ministers who were part of the Delhi government under Sheila Dikshit during her 15-year rule.
“Congress is responsible for promoting dynasty politics in the country and also in Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan," Modi said, adding that dynasty politics was also becoming a trend in other political parties, which plan to align with the Congress.
The prime minister said that while the Congress campaign is talking about Nyay, or justice, who will deliver justice to the anti-Sikh riot victims of 1984.
Without naming Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamal Nath, Modi said the opposition Congress will have to explain why a person who was accused in the 1984 pogrom was made the chief minister of a state.
The national capital on Wednesday witnessed hectic political activity, with Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra holding two road shows.
She challenged the Prime Minister to contest the 2019 general elections on issues related to demonetization, goods and services tax (GST) and the security of women.
“A girl from Delhi is giving you an open challenge to contest the last two phases of the general elections on the issues of demonetization, GST, women security. Contest on the false promises that you made to the people, and the youth of the country," said Vadra.
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