Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday linked opposition parties coming together against the BJP to his government’s campaign against corruption, and asserted that the clampdown on graft will continue without being hindered by “false allegations”.
After inaugurating an ex- tension of the BJP headquarters here, Modi said that at a time when India’s strength is rising to a new high, it is natural that “anti-India” forces within and outside the country will join hands. “Some parties have launched ‘bhrashtachari bachao abhiyan’ (save corrupt campaign),” he said in a blistering attack on opposition parties protesting against the alleged misuse of probe agencies such as the ED.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s disqualification from Lok Sabha following his conviction in a criminal defamation case has also become a rallying point for the Opposition.
Modi said, “The country will not bend nor will the action against corruption stop due to false allegations.” The “anti-India” forces are attacking constitutional institutions as they are the strong “foundation” of a rising India, he said. And, to stop the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, while the figure has zoomed to Rs 1.10 lakh crore in the nine years of the BJP rule.
The cases registered under the act more than doubled under his government while the number of the arrests surged 15 times, he said.
Under the Congress rule, banks were “looted” and people accused of siphoning off Rs 22,000 crore fled abroad, he said, adding his government has seized their assets worth Rs 20,000 crore.
The CBI has registered more than 5,000 cases under corruption charges under his government and hundreds of senior officials facing graft allegations were forcibly retired and are facing lawful action, Modi said.
Corruption has harmed the country a great deal and hollowed it out like termites, he said, adding that people realize that the country will progress only when graft is contained. People, Modi asserted, are applauding his government’s campaign against corruption and tell him wherever he goes, “Don’t stop Modi ji”.
Taking a swipe at the Opposition for its campaign against the BJP and him, he said senior Congress leaders used to talk about rooting out the Jana Sangh once and now the main opposition party is talking about digging his grave.
The Congress won a historic mandate in an emotionally-charged polls while the BJP was almost destroyed but it did not lose hope and blame others. It continued to work among people and strengthened its organisation. The BJP has now emerged as the only pan-India party amidst family-run political parties in the country as it worked on the ground with people braving all odds.
“BJP started its journey from just two Lok Sabha seats and reached 303 in 2019. In many of the states, we get more than 50 per cent votes,” he said.
“From north to south and from east to west, the BJP is the only pan-India party today,” he added.
The BJP has emerged as not only the world’s biggest but also the most futuristic party, he said, adding that its only goal is to make a modern and developed India.
The party is expanding in south India, he said, adding that it is the number one party in Karnataka and is the only reliable force in Telangana. It is growing in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, he said.
“The people of the northeast have shown unprecedented faith in the BJP. It has four chief ministers there and is part of coalition governments in two other states,” he said.
Modi met workers involved in the construction of the building before its inauguration.