Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached out to first time voters in his speech at Latur.
He encouraged first-time voters to choose the BJP that will help strengthen the country even more. Giving food for thought to first time voters, he asked if they can “give the first vote of their life to the poor to get a home?” Or that, “their first vote ensure that water reaches the fields of farmers?”
A sea of people waving BJP flags in the blazing sun cheered back. PM Modi with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray joined the rally presenting a powerful picture of the Shiv Sena and BJP alliance.
The PM went on to speak about the recent Balakot air strikes, slamming the Opposition for asking for “proof”. “The Opposition has disregarded the country’s national security. How much proof do they want? How much evidence does the Congress need from the country’s military? How much evidence is needed from the Air Force? Those who do not trust the government and our brave soldiers should be punished,” he added.
Speaking about the recently released BJP manifesto, Modi said that the party went beyond its promises made in the 2014 manifesto.
“The PM-KISAN scheme is now depositing money directly into the accounts of 1.2 crore small and marginal farmers. The BJP in its Sankalp Patra has declared that the scheme will be extended to all farmers after the election, when our new government gets elected.”
He also appealed to first-time voters, pitching for a strong case by connecting air strikes with nationalism. “Do you want to vote for the brave soldiers? For those who lost their lives in Pulwama? Or do you want to vote for an indecisive government?”
He went on to further target the Congress over the recent I-T raids on Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamal Nath’s associates. “The Opposition is calling the chowkidar chor but from whose houses did those notes of money come from? It has been barely six months since the Congress had formed its government in Madhya Pradesh but the first thing the party engages in is corruption,” he said.
The prime minister also promised a separate ministry of water for drought-hit Latur which, he promised, will ensure fair distribution of water.
PM Modi with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray joined the rally presenting a powerful picture of the Shiv Sena and BJP alliance.
PM Modi and Uddhav Thackeray addressed the gathering in support of alliance candidates in Latur and Osmanabad, where polling will be held on 18 April. BJP and the Sena had contested the 2014 Maharashtra Assembly elections, the 2017 BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) elections and the 2018 Palghar Lok Sabha by-election separately and against each other.