Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday lashed out at the proposed mahagathbandhan or mega alliance to take on the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at the Centre in 2019 Lok Sabha polls, terming the coalition as an unholy alliance of rich dynasties for personal survival.
PM Modi was interacting with BJP booth workers from Chennai central, Chennai north, Madurai, Tiruchinappally and Tiruvallur assembly constituencies in Tamil Nadu.
People will see through the incoherent alliance of rich dynasties, he said.
Modi said that even though the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), a key constituent of the mahagathbandhan, was formed against the alleged high-handedness of the Congress party by NT Ramarao, it was now keen on joining hands with the grand-old party to challenge the BJP.
“He [Ramarao] formed a party for the pride and respect of the Telugus at a time when the Congress humiliated a chief minister of Andhra Pradesh. Yet today the party of NTR wants to ally with the Congress. How can people of Andhra Pradesh accept this?” he said.
The prime minister further said that some parties in the grand alliance claim to be inspired by socialist Ram Manohar Lohia. The veteran leader, he said, had opposed the Congress and its ideologies.
“Today several leaders are talking about a grand alliance or a mahagathbandhan. This alliance is for personal survival, not ideology- based support. This alliance is for power, not for the people. This alliance is for personal ambitions, not people’s aspirations,” he charged.
Congress is a ‘compromise party’ which has made compromises on many ideological issues, national interest issues, Modi recalled Lohia as saying.
Modi claimed that many leaders in the mahagathbandhan were arrested and tortured during the Emergency. DMK president MK Stalin, who proposed the name of Congress chief Rahul Gandhi as the Opposition’s prime ministerial candidate in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, was one of the leaders to be imprisoned during the Emergency, Modi said.
“Corrupt and criminal elements are supreme when these parties govern. It is common knowledge how the Congress harassed Mulayam ji [SP leader Mulayam Singh Yadav] with cases. Have these parties done justice to the ideals of Dr Lohia,” he said, adding the answer was a resounding no.
Recalling the past rivalry between Congress and DMK, Modi said none had forgotten where the two parties stood on the Jain Commission. “That time Congress said either it is DMK or it is us. But today they are together. If not opportunism, what explains their alliance,” he asked.
“The truth is that this so-called grand alliance is a club of rich dynasties. They are only to promise family rule. People can see through their opportunism and will never accept such an incoherent coalition. India wants democracy, the alliance wants dynasty. India wants growth for all, the alliance wants growth only for their families.” he said lambasting the Opposition grouping.
During his interaction, the prime minister highlighted India’s recent achievements, especially in 2018, such as the country gaining rankings in the ease of doing business index.
He also referred to the launch of the comprehensive Modicare healthcare, the fast pace construction of public and individual toilets and government spending on sustainable transportation such as the Chennai metro rail, among others.