Shimla, May 13 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday called upon people to turn up in large numbers to cast their votes in the seventh and last phase of Lok Sabha elections as this phase of polling is also important.
Addressing a rally at Thodoground in Solan, Himachal Pradesh, he urged the first time voters not to miss this opportunity to exercise their franchise.
The Prime Minister said, the first time voters would decide how they wanted to set their development targets. Lashing out at the Congress for keeping country underdeveloped, Mr Modi said Manmohan Singh government failed to maintain the pace of economic growth of eight percent as it was during Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA government.
He said during Congress rule inflation remained in double digit, while his government was able to bring it down to a single digit. He said the UPA government surpassed all records of corruption in every possible sphere be it sea or air.
Mr Modi said Congress was unable to digest that a Chaiwala has become the Prime Minister so they are hurling new abuses on him every day. "Their mission is to tarnished my image, while my mission is to improve the image of the country. Their mission is to defeat Modi but my mission is to serve the nation."
He alleged that the arrogance of Congress is sky high. "They are seeking votes in the name of their ancestors but when asked about their performance they reply 'Hua To Hua'.
Mr Modi said successive Congress governments failed to provide bullet proof jackets to soldiers fighting against terrorists, naxals and enemies of the country on the border.
He said Congress government deliberately ignored production of weapon in the country and spent 70 per cent of defence budget on the import of foreign weapons because it was an ATM for Congress to make money out of commission from defence deals.
Mr Modi said defence production in the country has gone up by eighty percent during the last five years.