Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday accused the opposition of speading panic about his Government’s new policy to give 10 per cent quota in jobs and education to the economically weaker sections would affect the Dalits and Other Backward Castes and asserted “it will not affect the existing scheme”.
Addressing a mammoth public meeting at the hosiery town of Tirupur near Coimbatore declared that the NDA Government from Vajpayee’s time had never touched the quota and it was during the Congress and the DMK, part of the third front government which was responsible for abolition of reservation for promotions for SCs and STs.
As reservation a holy cow for the Dravidian parties in Tamil Nadu, which has 69 per cent quota, well above the 50 per cent ceiling imposed by the Supreme Court, Modi picked it to attack the Congress and the DMK.
This was the only time in his half hour speech that he referred to the DMK. Otherwise, he targetted the Congress which he accused of misrule and scams and the opposition forging a mega alliance that he called “a club of the rich whose only agenda is to promote dynasty”
Contrasting the scam-ridden ten-year UPA reign with his NDA, he said it had removed middle men from the corroders of power” To resonate with the Tamil Nadu voters, Modi invoked the name of Kamaraj and said his Government also had zero tolerance like him.
Repeating his charge that the opposition’s proposed alliance was an adulterated stuff , he said “their one point is to remove Modi and perpetuate the Congress dynasty which “claims a divine right to rule”
The opposition had no vision for development and it had trained all its guns on Modi, he said and added that Modi-bashing may get them TV space but will not get popular support.
Indicating that the positive side of his poll campaign would draw on the last budget of his Government, he cited the various schemes that covered all sections, from Rs 3000 pension for the unorganised worker drawing less than Rs 15,000 a month, the farmers’.
He also said that the proposed Rs 3000 cash support to farmers with holding up to five hectares and other measures were all aimed at doubling their income by 2022 as promised by the BJP.
He also repeated the charge that the Congress failed to modernise the armed forces and instead was interested only in mega defence deals. But he made no mention about Rafale.