JHARKHAND: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday asked the electorate here to give a decisive mandate to the BJP for a strong and stable government in the state, and not opt for a coalition as “thekedars” (contractors) would then be in charge.
Modi also accused the Opposition parties of “needlessly targeting” his government, saying that they had “run out of issues”.
Modi said at an election meeting: “Jharkhand needs a stable government. This time don’t make a mistake. Elect a strong BJP government. If you vote for a majority government, the reins of power will be in the hands of the people, but (in a) coalition government… the reins will go into the hands of thekedars”.
Dhanbad will vote in the fourth phase on December 14.
The PM said: “You did this for the country, will you not do it for the sake of Jharkhand?
“Coalition governments in the country gave powers in the hands of ‘thekedars’ and you know what they have done to the country and the states for so many years.”
Hitting out at the Opposition, he said: “These days the Opposition leaders are very upset. They have to campaign for the sake of their survival and are going to Jharkhand and Jammu and Kashmir too.
“But they don’t have any issues against the Modi government. They are repeating the speeches made during the Lok Sabha polls. There is bankruptcy of issues for Opposition.”
Referring to the abundant coal in Jharkhand, Modi said: “You are siting on black diamond. Don’t you like to see it sparkle?
“But who will make the black diamonds sparkle? … Modi is ready for it, but Jharkhand has to give an opportunity to him.” – From The Asian Age