Lashing out at opposition parties that claimed the EVMs were being manipulated, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday said the â€˜mahamilawatisâ€™ have realized they stand no chance after three phases of elections and are looking for excuses to defend their poor show.
Addressing a rally here, Modi said the opposition parties have no option left but to accept defeat.
At a press meet Tuesday, leaders of several major opposition parties raised doubt over the credibility of the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), renewing their demand for verification of the machines.
â€œJust like a child who makes excuses to justify his underperformance in exams, opposition parties have started directing their anger on the EVMs and the voting process for their shortfalls.
â€œThe response in first three phases of polls have left opposition with no option but to accept defeat,â€ he said.
Hitting out at the Congress, the prime minister said the â€œparty that ended up shedding tears when Pakistan threatened India is eyeing the seat in Delhiâ€.
In a scathing attack on Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy for his alleged remark on the armed forces, Modi said those who believe that the poor join the army to make ends meet should drown to death.
â€œIt takes a lot of courage to fight on the border.Â Those that say that only the poor join the army to make ends meet should drown to death,â€ he asserted.
Insisting that Indians everywhere were the responsibility of the â€˜chowkidaarâ€™ (watchman), the PM said he never discriminated people on the lines of religion or caste.
â€œWhen 46 nurses were held captive in Iraq, we did our best to get our daughters back. When Kolkataâ€™s Judith Dâ€™Souza was kidnapped in Afghanistan, we rescued her. This chowkidaar is always concerned about the safety of the countryâ€™s daughters,â€ he claimed.
Expressing gratitude to the people of Jharkhand, who turned up in large numbers for Tuesdayâ€™s roadshow in the state capital, Modi said, â€œThe response that I received in Ranchi was overwhelming. I was touched. It wasnâ€™t a planned programme. The state unit of BJP requested me for the show only two days ago and I am glad that agreed to the proposal.â€