PM Modi begins poll campaign for 2024 from Meerut

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday began his poll campaign for forthcoming General Elections from Meerut, addressing the city as the land of revolution and revolutionaries.

Taking a swipe at the Opposition and arrested leaders, the Prime Minister said that some people are rattled because his government is taking action against corruption.

“In the last 10 years, the country has seen that we have started the fight against corruption, we have ensured that no middleman can steal money from the poor. I am fighting against corruption and because of this, some people are facing problems. Modi’s mantra is ‘Bhrashtachar hatao’ and they say ‘Bhrashtacahri bachao’. This election is between NDA, which is fighting against corruption and the other group, which is fighting to save the corrupt,” he further added.

In his public rally, the BJP leader also noted that the upcoming Lok Sabha elections are not just for forming a government but also for making a ‘Viksit Bharat‘.

“I have a special relationship with Meerut. I had started my election campaign for the 2014 and 2019 (Lok Sabha) polls from Meerut only. And now, the first rally for the 2024 elections is also being organised in Meerut. The 2024 Lok Sabha elections is not an election to elect the government, but to make a ‘Viksit Bharat’,” said PM Modi.

Oozing confidence of returning to the office in the third term, Modi laid emphasis on the 100-day action plan formed by his cabinet.

“Our government is getting ready for its third term. We are creating a roadmap for the next five years. We are working on the big decisions we need to make in the first 100 days of our next term. The momentum of development created in the last 10 years, will move ahead with more speed,” he said.

He added, “I said this from the ramparts of Red Fort that this is the right time. India’s time has come. Today, modern infrastructure is being built rapidly in India. Today, India is making unprecedented investment in building infrastructure. Today, new opportunities are being created for the youth in every sector. Today, the women power of the country is coming forward with new resolutions. Today, India’s credibility is at a new height, the whole world is looking at India with confidence.”

Arun Govil, a Meerut native who portrayed Lord Ram in Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayan in the 1980s, is the candidate put forth by the BJP. Despite suffering setbacks in the previous elections, the BJP is optimistic about achieving its ambitious goal of 370 seats on its own by looking towards Western UP. The BJP won 24 of the 27 seats in the region in 2014; by 2019, that number had dropped to 19, and the SP-BSP together won all eight of the seats.

Harry Byrne

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