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PM Modi addresses massive gathering in Jalandhar; calls AAP 'wholesale drug dealers'

PM Modi recalls his experiences and city's famous culinary delights, says 'Jalandhar’s love is a debt I still owe'

Written by  Jasleen Kaur -- May 24th 2024 06:56 PM -- Updated: May 24th 2024 07:01 PM
PM Modi addresses massive gathering in Jalandhar; calls AAP 'wholesale drug dealers'

PM Modi addresses massive gathering in Jalandhar; calls AAP 'wholesale drug dealers'

Jalandhar, May 24: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday held a rally in Punjab's Jalandhar, as part of his campaign for the upcoming Lok Sabha Elections. Prior to this, he addressed a rally in Dinanagar too.

Addressing a massive gathering in Jalandhar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made fervent appeals for votes in favour of BJP candidates from Gurdaspur, Amritsar and Hoshiarpur constituencies. 

He emphasised the BJP’s dedication to boosting industrial growth in Punjab, aiming to create job opportunities for the local population. He cited recent infrastructural advancements, including the introduction of Vande Bharat Express in Jalandhar and the ongoing development of the Jalandhar and Phillaur railway stations. These initiatives, he claimed, were part of a broader vision to modernise Punjab and improve connectivity.

“Today, Jalandhar has received Vande Bharat train. The development of Jalandhar and Phillaur railway stations is progressing,” said PM Modi. He assured the gathering that under his leadership, Punjab would witness unprecedented growth and prosperity.

The PM claimed his vision included promoting local industries to ensure that the people of Punjab find employment within their home state. One of the key promises made during the rally was free medical treatment for senior citizens above the age of 70. PM Modi said this initiative aimed at providing much-needed relief to the elderly population, ensuring their access to essential healthcare services.

“All senior citizens above the age of 70 will receive free medical treatment,” Modi announced while drawing cheers from the crowd.

PM Modi’s speech was also marked by a sharp criticism of the Opposition, particularly the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). He accused Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann of being loyal to corrupt people, alleging that "he takes orders from those involved in criminal activities".

“Those who committed a massive liquor scam, how can they not be involved in the black earnings from drugs in Punjab?” PM Modi questioned. At the same time, he lauded the BJP's state president for standing up against what he termed "excesses of broom-wielding party" (a reference to AAP) and their suppression of press freedom.

PM Modi also took a dig at Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, accusing him of tarnishing India’s image abroad and questioning the legitimacy of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya. He reminded the audience that a Sikh was one of the first persons to fight for Ram Mandir.

PM Modi condemned the Opposition for spreading fear about Pakistan’s nuclear capabilities. “This is a new India, an India that strikes back at its enemies,” he said. PM Modi urged the people of Punjab to vote for the BJP to ensure the country’s safety and progress.

The Prime Minister also paid tribute to late BJP leader Vinod Khanna for his contributions to Gurdaspur, acknowledging his dedicated service to the region. He reiterated the BJP’s commitment to preserving and honouring Sikh heritage. Initiatives such as the establishment of Veer Bal Diwas to commemorate the sacrifice of Guru Gobind Singh’s sons and the celebration of Partition Horrors Remembrance Day were highlighted as steps taken by his government to honour Sikh history and contributions.

PM Modi flayed the Congress for neglecting Punjab’s significance, recalling how the party divided the state during 1947 Partition and handed over Kartarpur Sahib to Pakistan. “The Congress saw Punjab as just a piece of land,” alleged PM Modi. He praised the BJP government for constructing the Kartarpur Corridor, facilitating Sikh pilgrims' access to the holy site.

The Prime Minister also accused both Congress and AAP of failing to address the drug menace in Punjab. “They promised to eradicate drugs within two months, but today drug dealers have a free license in Punjab,” said PM Modi.
He alleged that "AAP is wholesaler of drugs in Punjab". The PM urged the people to reject the divisive politics of these parties, accusing them of betraying Punjab’s interests.

Reflecting on his long association with Punjab, PM Modi expressed gratitude for the unwavering support he had received from the people of Jalandhar. He acknowledged the contributions of local organisations during Covid-19 pandemic and shared his personal connection with the city. “Jalandhar’s love is a debt I still owe,” Modi said, reminiscing about his experiences and the city's famous culinary delights.

PM Modi confidently predicted a BJP victory, citing widespread support from the public. He urged voters to make their voices heard and contribute to the party's success in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. “This time, it’s clear that the people want Modi Sarkar again,” he quipped. 

He said "while Congress brings problems, BJP brings solutions". “Where Congress is, there are problems. Where BJP is, there are solutions,” said Modi.

- With inputs from our correspondent

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