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Modi attacks SP-BSP tie-up, says he will expose their 'misdeeds'

IANS  |  Agra 

Attacking the coming together of SP and BSP in for the elections, said their leaders were worried about their misdeeds and were now working to defeat the 'chowkidar' (watchman) who was all out to expose their "misdeeds".

Addressing a public meeting here, he said the opposition leaders were trying to close ranks to stop investigative agencies from acting against them but asserted that the government would not stop until each paise of looted public money was unearthed and accounted for.

In an apparent reference to scam in allegedly involving Akhilesh Yadav as Mininig Minister, Modi said the then government "plundered" public money to fill their own coffers.

"People who hated each other... Everything is forgotten... the guest house incident of (an apparent reference to the attack on Mayawati during the regime of Mulayam Singh Yadav in 1995), the Muzaffarnagar riots and much more are now forgotten and they are striking alliances.

"The agenda is: Save your skin and work to defeat Modi, because the 'watchman is alert now'."

The SP and BSP are close to stitching an alliance in to take on the BJP in the coming

Modi asked the crowd whether or not he should perform his duties as a 'watchman' working honestly.

When people responded 'yes', the said all conspiracies against him would be defeated and the investigative agencies would not stop until each paise of public money looted was unearthed and accounted for.

Calling himself a 'chowkidar' who is ever vigilant, Modi said that political leaders involved in scandals and corruption should be ready to pay for their misdeeds.

"The 'chowkidar' is vigilant, alert and working 24x7. No amount of political conspiracies and alliances will be able to stop my war against corruption," he said.

He was addressing people after laying foundation stones and inaugurating developmental projects worth Rs 3,500 crore.

He also targeted the Congress, saying its leaders were now jittery because "Michel Mama" -- a reference to British middleman -- was in custody of government agencies regarding the Augusta Westland scam.

"Now that he is in India, these leaders are sweating, so much so that they have hired a to protect him from the law."

He slammed leaders for insulting and humiliating India's

"You all have seen how leaders tried to disrespect Nirmala Sitharaman in the when she was exposing their bundles of lies bit by bit, he said referring to the debate in on the Rafale deal.

"They thought Modi was like other politicians and that he will rust with time but they find me the same man I was four years back and now they are scared," he added.

Modi said he would continue on the path of "sabka saath sabka vikas" with dedication and honesty, spelling out his "five principles of development" -- medicine, livelihood, education, irrigation and redress of grievances.

Referring to the Bill for 10 per cent reservation for upper castes, he said the existing status had not been disturbed and nobody's interest had been hurt. Only an extra provision had been made, he added.

Making a strong pitch for development, the said the credo of his government --development for all -- was a mission in which it wanted the fruits of development should reach all sections of the youth, irrespective of caste, creed, religion or region.



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First Published: Wed, January 09 2019. 19:26 IST