Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday took a jibe at the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and the Congress for projecting “the dynast” as the PM candidate at a time when none of the “other ‘Mahamilavati’ friends was ready to accept it”.
“Some days ago DMK supremo projected the ‘naamdar’ as the PM candidate when no one was ready to accept it, not even their ‘mahamilawati’ friends, Why? Because they all are in the line to be PM and dream of the post,” the PM said in Tamil Nadu’s Theni.
He said that the opposition parties are unhappy with him because India is making rapid progress under his government.
“Today, India is rapidly making a mark in the world. The Congress, DMK and their ‘Mahamilavati’ friends can’t accept this hence they’re unhappy with me,” the PM said at a joint election rally of the BJP and the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK).
The BJP and the AIADMK are contesting the Lok Sabha elections 2019 as allies.
Without naming former Finance Minister P Chidambaram, the PM said that whenever the Congress is in power, “they loot”.
“What all have we been witness to? Father becomes the Finance Minister and son loots the country. Whenever they are in government, they always loot,” he said.
While praising MG Ramachandran, AIADMK founder, and J Jayalalithaa, the former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, the PM took pointed jibes at the Congress.
“Who will do Nyay to governments of the great MGR Ji, which were dismissed by Congress just because one family didn’t like those leaders? Who will do Nyay to victims of Bhopal Gas Tragedy, among the worst environment disasters in India? That, too, happened under Congress,” he said.
The PM also paid his respects to the martyrs of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre.
“We observe today, the solemn occasion, of the completion of 100 years since the Jallianwala Bagh massacre. I pay my respects to the martyrs of this incident,” he said.
Speaking at the rally, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, too, took a dig at the Congress stating that while the opposition parties are not on the same page over Rahul Gandhi as PM candidate, the NDA is unanimous on PM Modi as the candidate.
“Congress, which is a part of DMK led alliance here, has announced Rahul Gandhi as PM candidate but its allies have not come out in open supporting his candidature. In our alliance all parties have accepted PM Modi as the PM candidate; this shows our unity,” Palaniswami said.
The AIADMK and BJP formed an alliance on 19 February. According to the terms of the alliance, the BJP will contest on 5 Lok Sabha seats in the state. S Ramadoss’ Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) is the third party in the alliance.