|BJP national president Rajnath Singh addresses the rally at Jharia Children’s Park on Friday as the party’s Dhanbad candidate PN Singh (seated second from left) and state BJP chief Ravindra Rai (third from left) look on. (Above) Children gather at Kargali Maidan in Bermo, Bokaro, as the chopper carrying the BJP chief is about to land. Pictures by Gautam Dey & Pankaj Singh
Bokaro/Dhanbad, April 11: BJP national president Rajnath Singh today tried to sell the dream of a shining India led by the man of the moment, Narendra Modi, while listing out the UPA government’s failures and shortcomings in the past 10 years.
The veteran leader, who addressed two rallies in Bokaro and Dhanbad districts braving 40°C-plus temperatures, also made a string of promises starting from ISM’s upgrade to IIT to launch of a health hub.
Addressing a 2,500-strong crowd in support of BJP’s Giridih candidate Ravindra Pandey at Kargali Maidan in Bermo, about 33km from Bokaro steel city, around 2pm, Singh said while the agenda of other parties was to win the polls and form the government at the Centre, the BJP was trying to save the nation.
Comparing the BJP’s stint, led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee, in New Delhi with Congress rule, Rajnath said under NDA, the country was free from price rise, boasted good roads, welfare policies for farmers, employment opportunities and global acclaim.
“Due to the UPA government’s bad economic policies, prices of essential commodities have gone up by leaps and bounds while no job is being created. The only topic that did the rounds in the past few years were scams and only scams — be it 2G scam, coal scam, rail recruitment scam or oil scam,” he said.
The BJP leader also hit out at the Congress where it hurts the most — its foreign policies.
“Our neighbours (read Pakistan and China) are humiliating us time and again. Pakistani soldiers chopped off heads of our jawans guarding the borders while our Prime Minister kept mum. This kind of reaction demoralises our army men,” he said.
Urging people to choose Pandey, whom he called as dedicated leader of Bermo, the BJP chief said one should not spoil his or her vote as the Namo wave was sweeping across the country and the NDA was sure to come to power.
In Dhanbad, Rajnath struck a chord with the local people when he declared while addressing a gathering of around 1,000 at Baniahir grounds, Jharia, that a BJP government at the Centre would support upgrade of ISM into IIT.
“Jharkhand is deprived of an IIT and ISM is a world-class institution. We will support its conversion into an IIT,” Rajnath, who was campaigning for party candidate from Dhanbad seat P.N. Singh, said.
During his 30-minute speech from 4.10pm, he pledged a fertiliser factory and other proposed industrials unit at Sindri besides establishment of a heal hub in Dhanbad on the lines of AIIMS.
Citing the US parliamentary committee report on good governance in Gujarat and the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation report, he heaped praises on Modi and his development model.