NEW DELHI : Reiterating the message of development, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said the development programmes of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government has never differentiated between people on the basis of caste, religion and region.

Speaking at a public meeting in Aligarh, Modi said that development in Uttar Pradesh had slowed because of caste-based politics, but now the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government was working to ensure that caste politics, terrorism, corruption and use of black money ends in India.

“The benefits of schemes such as Ujjwala, electricity for all and medical treatment for all has reached everyone without any bias on caste or religion. I am on a mission to end poverty in the country, finish terrorism, act against corruption and black money. The opposition wants to remove Modi and I want to remove terrorism," said Modi.

He added that the Union government is working on a plan to create a defence corridor in India, and Uttar Pradesh will benefit from this plan because it will generate employment. “All the equipment for our Armed Forces will be built in India," Modi added.

Without naming Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati, Modi said that people have built their political career in the name of Bhimrao Ambedkar, but were only working for the benefit of their family members and relatives. He also said that political parties such as the BSP and Samajwadi Party (SP) have distanced themselves from ground realities and want to continue doing politics on the basis of caste and religion.

“SP and BSP have not understood the mood of the people. Uttar Pradesh told them in 2014 and 2017 that people want development and not caste- or religion-based politics. But the parties do not want to recognize the truth."

The Prime Minister said the opposition will be defeated in the 2019 elections. Parties and their leaders, who are not even contesting 40 seats, are dreaming of becoming the prime minister of the country, he added.

Modi also accused the opposition of not standing with the Armed Forces and soldiers and, instead, demanding proof of the surgical strike and the air strike across the border. The PM said that the government was working to finish terrorism.

Speaking at a public meeting in Kathua, Jammu and Kashmir, he alleged that the Congress never had faith in the Armed Forces and that is why it was questioning the surgical strike and air strike in Balakot. “Why did the Congress get impatient after listening about the surgical and air strikes? Why did they get rattled? Every Indian is proud of its security forces for the strikes," he said.

Blaming the Congress for alleged corruption in defence purchases, Modi said that it was only interested because of alleged scams like Bofors. “They have never understood the power of the Army. We are using the power of the Armed Forces to secure the nation. For the Congress, the Army is only a way of earning money," he added.

Modi also accused the National Conference(NC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leadership of causing destruction in Jammu and Kashmir. “I want to tell those who have occupied the seat of power for the last three generations, including Abdullahs and Muftis, that Modi na bikta hai, na darta hai aur na jhukta hai (Modi is not for sale, is not afraid and not ready to bow)," he said, adding that the key to the state’s brighter future lay in removing these two families from power.

PTI contributed to this story.

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