Moran, Feb 5: In a veiled attack on the Gandhis, Prime Minister rendra Modi today alleged that 'one family' is stalling developmental schemes meant for the poor, by adopting a vindictive approach towards the people for consigning its party to defeat in the last general elections.
Without taking any mes, Modi claimed that while most Opposition parties and leaders are ready to work with the BJP-led NDA government for welfare of the people, 'one family' is creating hurdles in all respects, including the blocking of pro-poor laws in Parliament.
Addressing a BJP rally here, the PM said, "There are some opposition parties and leaders who are willing to work with the government for the welfare of the people, even though we are political rivals. But there is one family which is trying to avenge the miserable defeat of its party upon the people by impeding passage and implementation of pro-people policies."
"Those who were reduced from 400 seats to 40 seats (in the Lok Sabha) are creating obstacles. No opposition party had ever created such hurdles for the government. We have been able to pass the laws in Lok Sabha, but they are stalling the functioning of Rajya Sabha," he said, in a reference to Congress stalling Rajya Sabha proceedings, where the Opposition is still in majority.
The PM said such 'negative politics' will not benefit anyone and urged the Opposition to play a constructive role.
He also stressed that the Central and State government must work together for the welfare of people, notwithstanding political differences.
Referring to the living conditions of tea garden workers of Assam, Modi maintained that they are being deprived of minimum facilities like housing, clean drinking water and education for their children.
He said, "The tea garden workers, who migrated from different parts and have settled here for generations, have contributed to branding of Assam tea as the State's identity in the world stage. But the governments in the State have failed to work for their uplift."
The Prime Minister said the NDA government wanted to bring in laws to increase bonus for workers and increased vigation and trading on the Brahmaputra river. "These laws are awaiting passage in the Rajya Sabha but it is not being allowed to function."
The PM also mentioned how as a child, he used to earn his livelihood by selling the tea produced by the sweat and toil of tea garden workers.
Urging tea garden workers, who form a major vote bank in eastern part of Assam, to support the BJP in coming assembly elections, Modi said, "You have voted for and tested different governments in the State. Give BJP a chance this time and see how we transform your lives for the better."
"No government has kept its promises to you. The BJP wants to implement its promises and I urge you to give us an opportunity to work for the people of Assam," he added.
"Sarbanda ko la hai, kyonki aapki jiban me and la hain (state BJP president Sarbanda Sonowal has to be brought to power as happiness has to be brought in your lives)," Modi said.
State BJP president and Union minister Sarbanda Sonowal, who is also the party's chief ministerial candidate, several party MPs and MLAs, among other leaders, were present at the rally, which was attended by over 50,000 party workers and supporters.