Delhi elections: Narendra Modi attacks AAP over allegations of dubious donations
Narendra Modi mounted a shrill attack on AAP over allegations of the party receiving "dubious" donations, saying it has exposed its claim of being more honest than others
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today mounted a shrill attack on AAP over allegations of the party receiving "dubious" donations, saying it has exposed its claim of being more honest than others and questioned whether AAP can run Delhi with "dishonesty and lies".
In an election rally, Modi also had a swipe at Congress leaders Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, calling them "Maa-beta", and said nobody was listening to them except when they make statements against him.
"While big and old Congress has ruined the city during its 15 years of regime, the temporary party (i.e AAP), which is new and small, destroyed it for one year," the Prime Minister said, adding it was BJP's responsibility to repair the damage.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
"Can Delhi be run through dishonesty and lies. Cleverness does not take you very far. We have given test of fire to be where we are," the Prime Minister said, adding that his party would make the national capital "standout" on the world scene if voted to power.
The Arvind Kejriwal's organisation levelled all sorts of allegations of corruption against BJP and Congress but now truth has come out. "Hathi ke dant dekhane ke aur khane ke aur (what you see is not necessarily true). There is a limit to shamelessness," he said at the rally in Rohini in north-west Delhi.
"People have talked about black money but this is the first time we have heard about wrong deeds in the middle of the night...You have betrayed people's trust," Modi said, in a reference to the allegation by a AAP break-away group that four donations of Rs 50 lakh each were remitted to the account of AAP from four different "dubious companies" on the midnight of April 15 last.
Taking a dig at AAP, he further said it was strange that very party which used to keep details of Swiss banks accounts of others, strangely had no idea about its own donors. "The people who would once go around with Swiss bank account numbers in their pockets don't know whose money is coming into their accounts," Modi said.
Without naming Kejriwal, he wondered why those who used to travel by Metro train flew first class.
Modi said earlier Congress governments including those headed by Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi had also faced allegations of corruption.
"People of the country do not pardon those who betray them... Rajiv Gandhi was punished because he claimed to be Mr Clean," he said while apparently talking about Kejriwal's claim that he was honest. Those who posed as Mr Clean are exposed as dishonest today," he said.
Modi also referred to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Morarji Desai and suggested that leaders who did not belong to the Gandhi family were unfairly targeted.
He said he is also being targeted by those who were getting patronage from the earlier dispensation at the Centre.
Appealing to the voters to support BJP in the upcoming polls to ensure a stable government in the city, Modi resolved to make Delhi one of the best cities in the world and said "Your dream is my dream, your expectation is my expectation."
Talking about power sector, he promised to transform Delhi from a "generator capital" to "power generation capital".
Modi said his government will come out with a policy for solar energy.
"We want to bring revolutionary steps in the power sector," he said.
People having solar power panels on their rooftops will be able to sell surplus power to the government, he said.