| Hema Malini addresses a rally at Chakia in East Champaran on Saturday. Picture by Ajit Kumar Verma |
Cine star-turned-BJP leader Hema Malini addressed a public meeting on Saturday and mouthed her dialogue from Sholay to inspire change at the Centre.
Chal Dhanno aaj teri basanti ke izzat ka sawaal hai, aaj Bharatiya Janata Party ko jitana hai, she said, exhorting voters to elect a good government at the Centre.
She asked the residents to vote for party candidate Radha Mohan Singh to strengthen the hands of BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.
In her maiden visit to Bihar in this election season, she also addressed two election rallies at Jamuniya at Valmikinagar and Chanpatiya in West Champaran constituencies in favour of the party candidates.
Before arriving here to address an overwhelming crowd of over 8,000 people comprising youngsters and women, Hema stepped on the stage with a lotus flower in hand and greeted the audience, who had been waiting for nearly two hours under the scorching sun.
She referred to Champaran as a historical place and talked about the area’s decline and suffering hinting at Bihar’s ill-famed jungle raj.
She asked the people not to lose this opportunity to elect a good government at the Centre under Modi.
She talked about her candidature from Mathura and said: “For the past 23 years, I have been campaigning for others but this time the party asked me to canvass for myself from the Mathura parliamentary constituency. It is high time we fight corruption and strengthen Modiji to change the government.”
Hema also lamented about the non-BJP ruled states in the country where the social scenario was quite different.
The short rule of the BJP under Atal Bihari Vajpayee had witnessed growth at the national-level but things cannot change unless a stable and strong government comes to power to correct the irregularities, she said.
She added: “India needs a Prime Minister like Narendra Modi to ensure a Gujarat-like development in the whole country.”
Referring to some stanzas from the Bhagvad Gita, Hema called upon the people to co-operate with the BJP for a change of guard at the Centre.