Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday took a jibe at Congress chief Rahul Gandhi by likening him to a stuck gramophone , saying that he keeps repeating things but the people would not accept his “childish” claims and “lies” against the government as they make “fun” of such remarks.
While interacting with the BJP workers, PM Modi stressed on his development plans and asked them to strike the people with three-point agenda – development, fast development and development of all.
The campaign for the assembly elections in five states is underway and the Lok Sabha polls were less than six months away, Modi gave out clear plans to the BJP workers of Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.
Responding to a question from a worker as to how they should react to opposition leaders’ “abuses” like calling him a scorpion – a clear reference to former union minister and Congress MP Shashi Tharoor’s recent remarks, PM Modi said they were offering what they had.
Earlier, Tharoor, citing an anonymous RSS worker’s comments to a journalist, had said that Modi was like a scorpion sitting on a Shivlinga which can neither be removed from hand not hit with a chappal (slipper).
‘गरीबी हटाओ’ कुछ लोगों के लिए केवल नारा था।
हम गरीबों के सशक्तिकरण पर ध्यान केंद्रित कर रहे हैं।
हमारा हर प्रयास गरीबों के कल्याण के लिए है। हम चाहते हैं कि गरीब ताकतवर बनें। pic.twitter.com/sjgLYieOHh— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 31, 2018
PM Modi, however, took a jibe at Rahul Gandhi when a party worker asked him as to how they should react to the Congress president’s comments that there should be mobile manufacturing in those areas.
“There used to be gramophone records earlier. At times, it would get stuck and play same words again and again. There are some people like it. One thing occupies their mind and they keep repeating it. You should enjoy it. Don’t get tensed,” PM Modi told BJP workers.
These people don’t know that time had changed and it was no longer easy to fool people, Modi said, adding that nobody accepts such childish remarks. People make fun of it, he said.
In the last four years, the spread of technology to rural areas has been unparalleled.
Technology is transforming lives in ways more than one.
Here is a Karyakatra from UP’s Machhlishahr asking about the Digital India initiative. pic.twitter.com/Uuu8V14uMU— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 31, 2018
India had become a leading manufacturer of mobiles with over 100 factories producing them now under his government compared to only two that existed when he came to power in 2014, Modi said.
He added whether mobile was invented after he became prime minister as he attacked the previous government.
Modi, however, didn’t mention Rahul Gandhi’s name while commenting on his recent criticism of the central government on the issue of OROP (One Rank One Pension) for ex-servicemen.
बैतूल के कर्मठ कार्यकर्ता, भाई परसराम धुर्वे जी ने मुझसे पूछा कि आज ‘स्टैच्यू ऑफ यूनिटी’ के लोकार्पण के बाद मुझे कैसा लगा।— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 31, 2018
जानिए मैंने क्या कहा... pic.twitter.com/fnEYJLx2Mp
Congress governments were in power for decades and soldiers kept demanding OROP, he said, adding that they were not even heard.