Narendra Modi takes Kartarpur dig at Congress
Prime Minister Narendra Modi used the Kartarpur corridor linking Pakistan to India to hit out at the Congress on Tuesday and said the party will have to answer why this was not done 70 years ago.
Addressing an election rally in Rajasthan's Hanumangarh ahead of the elections in the state on December 7, he said Kartarpur went to Pakistan because of the lack of vision and sensitivity of then Congress leaders.
The foundation stone for the corridor linking Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan's Kartarpur, the final resting place of the Sikh faith founder Guru Nanak Dev, to Dera Baba Nanak shrine in India's Gurdaspur district was laid last week.
According to Modi, Kartarpur is in Pakistan today because then Congress leaders had no idea about the importance of Guru Nanak Dev and had no respect for Sikh sentiments.
'The credit of the Kartarpur corridor goes to your vote. Correcting Congress mistakes was my destiny,' he said at the rally.
The headlines five years ago were about corruption and scams, the Prime Minister said. 'Have you seen any news of this kind in the last five years?' he asked.
He said his government wants to make farmers 'energy givers' and asked them to install solar panels, use drip irrigation and other modern methods of farming.
'The naamdar does not know the difference between red and green chillies,' he said, hitting out at Congress president Rahul Gandhi, who he has often referred to as 'naamdar' (dynast).