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'I dare rivals to find anything discriminatory in my work': What Modi said in Delhi on Sunday

'We have never asked anyone if he goes to temple or mosque when it comes to implementing our schemes,' PM Modi said at a rally in New Delhi (Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint)Premium
'We have never asked anyone if he goes to temple or mosque when it comes to implementing our schemes,' PM Modi said at a rally in New Delhi (Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint)

  • 'People were incited, those in high positions shared fake videos,' said Modi on protests against citizenship law
  • 'We built peripheral expressways, opened hundreds of CNG stations to curb pollution,' Modi said in Delhi where Assembly elections are due next year

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday accused the opposition parties of spreading lies about the Citizenship Amendment Act and the proposed National Register of Citizens and said that that CAA and NRC will not apply to the Muslims of the country.

Addressing a rally at Ramlila Maidan here over government's decision to provide ownership rights to over 40 lakh residents of unauthorized colonies in Delhi, Modi said that the rumours of detention centres being spread by "Congress and urban Naxals" were false. He said the new law was not applicable to citizens of the country.

Here are the top quotes from Modi's mega rally today:

- "I, BJP got chance to usher in a new dawn for over 40 lakh people by giving them ownership rights to their houses," said Modi in Delhi where Assembly elections are due early next year.

- PM Modi raised slogan of 'vividhta mein ekta, Bharat ki visheshta' (Unity in diversity is India's speciality).

- Modi attacked rivals for not doing enough for unauthorised colonies, says he decided he cannot let this go on.

- Modi targeted AAP govt, saying it gave over 2,000 bungalows in posh Delhi locations to 'VIPs' close to it in an illegal manner

- PM Modi accused AAP govt of politicising phase 4 of Delhi Metro by saying it is hindering the work on it. "Prior to the year 2014, the Delhi Metro network was expanding at an average of 14 km per year. They (Congress) were in power in Delhi and the Centre during that time. After our government came to power, the average expansion increased to 25 km per year," he said.

- "Delhi govt completely indifferent to city's biggest problem, which is availability of drinking water," said Modi.

- "We built peripheral expressways, opened hundreds of CNG stations to curb pollution," the PM said.

- "People were incited, those in high positions shared fake videos," said Modi on protests against citizenship law.

- Modi asked people at Delhi rally to stand up to show respect for Parliament and lawmakers who passed Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.

- "Some political parties spreading all kinds of rumours, misleading people and stoking their emotions against citizenship law," said Modi.

- "Lie being spread that I brought law to snatch people's rights, it will not stand," said Modi.

- "I dare rivals to find anything discriminatory in my work," said Modi while citing his govt's various development programmes.

- "We have never asked anyone if he goes to temple or mosque when it comes to implementing our schemes," Modi said.


- Modi accused rivals of creating fear and chaos, and trying to defame India abroad

- "My rivals should burn my effigy if they hate me but they should not target the poor," the PM said.

- "33,000 police personnel laid down their lives during work since independence but now being attacked mercilessly," said Modi.

- While taking a swipe at AAP, Modi said no appeal for peace from seven-year-old party shows violence has the party's indirect approval.

- "Amended citizenship law has nothing to do with Indian citizens. Citizenship law and NRC have nothing to do with Indian Muslims," clarified Modi.

- "We had a chance to expose Pakistan's discrimination against minorities but it was lost due to our rivals' politics," said PM Modi.

- "Dalits, who came here from Pakistan, are among beneficiaries of citizenship law, why can't you see their pain," Modi asked his critics.

- "We are doing what they (Congress) had promised but could not do due to vote-bank politics," said Modi.

- Modi quoted former PM Manmohan Singh's remarks in support of giving citizenship to persecuted minorities from Bangladesh.

- "Congress and its allies upset due to the support I received from Muslim countries," said PM Modi.

- "Congress, others worried if Muslims across the world support me so much, how long can they frighten Indian Muslims," said Modi.

- "All attempts are being made (by rivals) to remove me from their path," said Modi.

- PM Modi appealed to people to shun violence as he concluded his speech.

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