By FnF Correspondent | PUBLISHED: 10, Sep 2018, 9:19 am IST | UPDATED: 10, Sep 2018, 16:51 pm IST
Delhi: Setting the tone for the Lok Sabha elections next year and upcoming assembly polls in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi coined a new term, ‘Ajey Bharat, Atal Bhajpa’ in his valedictory speech at the BJP national executive meet in New Delhi on Sunday. Modi also attacked the Opposition and the idea of Mahagathbandhan besides highlighting the achievements of his government.
Describing ‘Ajey Bharat, Atal Bhajpa’, an ode to former prime ministerAtal Bihari Vajpeyi, Modi said the phrase stood for “an India which is not to be subjugated by anyone and BJP which remains firmly committed to its principle”. On Vajpayee, Modi said that the late leader was like a sun in the sky and we will have to become ‘little stars’ to carry his ideas forward.
The prime minister also took potshots at the idea of a United Opposition or ‘Mahagathbandhan’, saying that those who do not see eye-to-eye and those who do not have any ideological similarity are willing to come together just to defeat us. He also said that no one, not even smaller parties, was ready to accept the leadership of the Congress in such an alliance.
Modi, however, said that there is a need for a capable Opposition in a democracy. But those who were a failure in government are also a failure as the Opposition, the prime minister said. He castigated the Opposition for not fighting over real issues but lies. He said that the government will counter the Opposition’s falsehood through “the great work we have done in four years”.
When PM Modi was the chief minister of Gujarat, he had announced to make the statue of Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel which is now going to be completed. On October 31, the world’s biggest statue, ‘Statue of Unity’, will be unveiled on the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel,” Rupani told reporters. The statue has been made with world-class facilities, he said.
Rupani further said that the statue is a result of PM Modi’s vision, guidance and determination to give Sardar Patel the respect he deserves for his work towards the unity of India. He said that it was Patel who made all the princely states merge with the Indian territory during partition. India’s demography would have been different today had he not done that, Rupani said.
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