NEW DELHI: Days after calling the Congress anti-poor, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday once again accused the party of being elitist, this time harking back to the time former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi visited Gujarat.
“When Indiraben came to Morbi, I remember there was a photo of her in Chitralekha magazine with a hanky over her nose due to the foul smells. But for Jansangh and RSS, the streets of Morbi are fragrant… It is the fragrance of humanity,” ANI quoted PM Modi as saying at a rally in Gujarat’s Morbi.
Modi added that “even when we were not in power, we were with the people of Morbi and serving society.”
What mattered, he stressed, was the well-being of the people.
He contrasted this with how the Congress had allegedly behaved with the people.
PM Modi also highlighted the state government’s efforts at water conservation.
“In Gujarat we initiated a mass movement to conserve every drop of water. This is because we understand the adverse impact of lack of water. Development for us is not about winning polls, it is about serving every citizen,” he said.
On Monday, the PM had attacked the Congress for being anti-poor, alleging that its leaders had always treated him with contempt because of his humble background.
“The Congress dislikes me because of my poor origins. Can a party stoop so low? Yes, a person belonging to a poor family has become PM. They do not fail to hide their contempt for this fact. Yes, I sold tea but I did not sell the nation,” he had said at a campaign rally in Rajkot.
(With inputs from ANI)