Elections 2014: Narendra Modi promises to revive Mumbai by developing local trains

Apr 22, 2014, 06:57 IST | Varun Singh

Besides hitting out at the Congress at yesterday’s rally at BKC, BJP’s prime ministerial candidate said that he would revive the city by developing its lifeline the local trains

Starting his speech in Marathi, BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi struck a chord with the crowds gathered for his rally at BKC’s MMRDA grounds yesterday.

BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray wave to the crowds at the rally in BKC last evening. Pic/Nimesh Dave
BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray wave to the crowds at the rally in BKC last evening. Pic/Nimesh Dave

Speaking on a range of issues, Modi targeted the Congress party further, taking potshots at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Rahul Gandhi.

A special podium was created for the Gujarat CM, but he, however, chose to speak from the same place used by the other leaders, including Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray. mid-day picks out the range of issues Modi spoke on at the rally

Remembering Balashaeb
Balasaheb Thackeray is still inspiring all of us. This is the first time that we don’t have Balasaheb’s vision. When he was around, we were not bothered as everything used to happen automatically. But now in his absence we will have to work harder.

‘Worst defeat for Congress’
Political parties are not fighting this election, instead the public is. And this time there are many states where Congress or its allies would not even open an account or reach double digits. This would be the worst performance of the Congress in their history.

Rahul Bhaiya, not Shehzada
For the first time Modi addressed Rahul Gandhi as Bhaiya, and in spite of the crowds prompting him to call him Shehzada, Modi refrained from doing so. “You (Rahul) had said Bharat is a honeycomb. But for us, Bharat is our mother. For you Bharat is only mother’s land, but for us it’s our motherland,” he said.

On Secularism
I say let’s talk on education, they talk on secularism. I ask what about housing, they ask what about secularism. When they have no answers for questions on developmental issues, they bring in secularism.

‘Laughed at number of times PM spoke’
I was laughing, even in the helicopter when I was sitting alone, after I heard the PMO stating that the PM spoke 1,100 times.

Dreams for Mumbai
I have dreams for the railways that have made Mumbai what it is, and it will be revived once again

Learn from South Korea
South Korea was a poor country some 15 years ago. It’s even smaller than Maharashtra, but they have hosted the Olympics. And look at us, we got the Commonwealth Games and thanks to Congress’ corruption, we lost our respect.

Targets youth
The Std XII exam is most important. If we score less in this exam all our dreams are shattered. Similarly the age group of 18-28 is the golden period of any person. So you have to decide your future now, and if there is an impotent government in Delhi then your future would be spoiled.

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