| Sushma Swaraj addresses an election rally in Chhapra on Monday. (PTI) |
Senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj resurfaced on the national political scenario and lauded the leadership qualities of Narendra Modi on Monday, four days after her fate was sealed in EVMs at the Vidisha parliamentary constituency on April 24.
Coming out to campaign for the Bihar BJP leaders after remaining busy in electioneering in her own constituency in Madhya Pradesh, Sushma addressed three election rallies in the state at Madhubani, and Ekma and Amnour in Saran district. In each rally, she lashed out at the Congress and batted for Modi.
Addressing the rally at Benipatti in Madhubani district in favour of the party candidate, Hukumdeo Narayan Yadav, Sushma said: “We are proud that we declared Modi as the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate. He has tremendous leadership quality. The country is passing through a bad patch of ‘hatashaa aur nirashaaa’ (desperation and disappointment) because of the 10-year-rule of the Congress-led UPA. Only the BJP, whose chief ministers have given good governance and is led by an able Modi, can pull out the country from this sorry condition,” she said in her maiden election rally in Bihar during the ongoing general election.
Listing the “achievements” of the Congress during its 10-year rule, she mentioned price rise, rampant corruption, condition of farmers, bending before Pakistan and trade recession among others.
Showering praise on Hukumdeo, Swaraj described him as her “sankat mochak” (one who pulls out of problem). “Whenever I felt problem in the Lok Sabha as the Leader of the Opposition, I used to turn towards him. He used to sit right behind me in the House and could talk on topics related to farmers and labourers for hours without consulting any paper,” she said, appealing to the people to elect him so that she could continue to get such help.
Yadav is locked in a triangular fight with the RJD’s Abdul Bari Siddiqui and Ghulam Ghaus of the JD(U) at Madhubani, which will go to vote on April 30.
Without taking name of Nitish Kumar and others, Swaraj said: “Some people say it’s a crucial election for the JD(U) or the RJD but I say it is an election for making the country strong.”
From Madhubani, she flew 150km west to Ekma in Saran district to address an election rally in support of the BJP’s Maharajganj nominee Janardan Singh Sigriwal.
Her next rally venue was Amnour, 40km by air from Ekma, under the Saran parliamentary constituency. Appealing to the people to vote for the BJP’s Rajiv Pratap Rudy, she lashed out at the Congress.
Saran and Maharajganj would vote on May 7.