In a sharp attack on the Congress, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that the not only the party’s “processor was slow” but also its “software was corrupt”, adding that it was dreaming about coming to power at the Centre.
Addressing a rally in Bengaluru South, PM Modi also asked voters to punish it and its allies in such a way they would not be able to save even their deposits.
The prime minister also hit out at the Congress on the Jammu and Kashmir and national security issues, taking it on its election promise to withdraw the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA).
“You may feel that the processor of Congress is slow but their software is corrupt. Their processor slows down when they had to take action in the interest of the country,” he said.
“In their manifesto, Congress states that AFSPA will be diluted, should they come to power. They intend to make our soldiers helpless through this action. They also plan to withdraw our forces from J&K,” PM Modi added.
Invoking ‘Mission Shakti’ to attack the Congress, PM Modi said that the erstwhile government’s approach of “keeping secrets” forced India lag behind in technology. “Today, Modi showed this courage and the world acknowledge India’ calibre,” he said.
Modi said while his government had promoted "ease of doing business" in 60 months of its rule, the Congress had encouraged "ease of loot" in its 60 years of administration.
The prime minister also took exception to the political row created by the ruling Congress-JDS alliance over the recent Income Tax raids on several JDS men across the state.
Modi asked the crowd, "should the law be followed or not whether it is PM or CM or ministers? Why get scared if you have not committed anything wrong?," he asked.
On March 28, the Income Tax department carried out raids at multiple locations in Bengaluru, Mysuru,Mandya, Ramanagara, Shivamogga and Hassan, triggering a strong reaction from Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy and Congress leaders, who accused the Centre of promoting the politics of vendetta.
Congress-JDS and parties alike, believe in "pariwarwad"
Earlier in the day, addressing a rally in Karnataka’s Mangaluru, PM Modi said the ruling Congress-JDS coalition in Karnataka and parties alike were inspired by "Pariwarvad" (dynasty) and believed in giving power to even the last member of the family.
He said unlike the Congress, JDS and others, inspiration for the BJP came from "Rashtrawad" (nationalism).
PM Modi said the Lok Sabha polls was not about who became an MP or prime minister or minister, but about how the "New India" should be and what should be its inspiration.
"Inspiration of Congress-JD(S) and parties like them is pariwarwad (dynasty) and our inspiration is rashtrawad (nationalism). They look for ways to give power to even the last member of their family while we are striving to bring those people ahead who are in the last line of society."
"Their darshan is vamshoday, while ours is antyodaya (uplifting the weaker sections of society). Because of their vamshoday there will be corruption and injustice and because our antyodaya the glory of transparency and honesty will increase", PM Modi said.
PM Modi corners Congress on "Nyay," seeks justice for "Anyay"
Addressing a rally in Tamil Nadu’s Ramanathapuram, PM Modi sought to corner the Congress on its showpiece poll promise of "Nyay," demanding justice for the victims of 1984 anti-Sikh riots, the Bhopal gas tragedy and violence against Dalits.
While terror attacks shook the nation during Congress regime, the NDA's policy halted it, he said.
A vote for DMK, Congress, and Muslim League combine would lead to higher taxes and less development and give a free hand to terrorists and rise of criminal elements in politics, he alleged.
"Those who cannot protect India can never develop the nation. When Congress and their allies were in power, terrorists were attacking the nation regularly.
City after city, there were blasts but congress remained helpless and silent."
Time has however changed now. "India will not spare a single terrorist or Jihadi. If they dare to attack us, we will find them wherever they are and ruin their happiness," he said.
He alleged the Congress and dishonesty were best friends but sometimes "by mistake," they end up speaking the truth.
"Now they are saying "Ab Hoga Nyay" (justice will be done now) even if they did not intend, they have admitted that all they have done is "Anyay" or injustice for 60 long years," (during the Congress rule), he said.
"I want to ask the Congress party who will do Nyay to the victims of 1984 Sikh riots ?
...Who will do Nyay to all the victims of anti Dalit (violence), who will do Nyay to the government of great M G Ramachandran ji, which was dismissed by the Congress just because one family did not like those leaders."
...Who will do Nyay to the victims of the Bhopal gas tragedy, among the worst environmental disaster in India."
Congress, which talks about 'Nyay' has done most injustice to regional aspirations by "shamelessly," imposing Art 356 to dismiss State governments of M G Ramachandran, M Karunanidhi, Communists and showing disrespect to the federal structure, the PM said.