Not worried about threats: Modi
Kancheepuram (TN): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said he was not bothered about threats and abuses against him and asserted that every drop of his blood was for India and he would do what it takes to make India strong.
Citing a Karnataka Congress leader's remark on "killing" him, he said, "Now one Congress leader talks of killing Modi, but I want to tell them I am not bothered about their threats and abuses. I am here to do my work, I am here to do whatever I can do to make India strong and prosperous."
Addressing his first public rally here after BJP inked a poll pact with the AIADMK, in which PMK is also a constituent, he lashed out at the opposition, saying they are guided by selfish interests.
"The careless conduct of the opposition on national security is very well known...they are guided by politics and selfish interests. They neither want a strong India, nor strong armed forces."
The Prime Minister said the opposition's hatred against him was reaching new levels daily and they have a competition over who abused him the most.
Spotlighting his backward class origins -championing which the Dravidian parties had always steered their narrative in Tamil Nadu- the Prime Minister said "someone will abuse me, then someome will mock my poverty, then someone will abuse my family and some my lower caste origins."
He said every drop of blood in his veins, "every breath of mine, every second of my time" was for India and its 130 crore people.
Reiterating his "maha milawat," jibe (adulteration alliance) against the opposition, he wanted them to clearly state their plan to take the nation forward.
He said Congress insulted regional leaders and alleged that late Chief Minister, veteran freedom fighter and Congress stalwart K Kamaraj was insulted time and again as he spoke for the people and challenged the dictatorship of "one" family. Modi alleged that 50 governments were dismissed by former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi,using Article 356."If the dynasty did not like a leader,the state government was dismissed.
Fifty governments were dismissed by Indira Gandhi," he said.
If there was one party that has abused Article 356 again and again, it was the Congress, he said.
Even the DMK had become a victim, he said and hit out at the Dravidian party, led by M K Stalin, for joining forces with Congress,saying "opportunism has prevailed over values."
The Prime Minister said the NDA government was deeply concerned about security and the Centre's vision was to make India a hub for defence production.
One of the two defence corridors is located in Tamil Nadu and would give opportunities to local industries and youngsters, he said.
About 1,900 fishermen belonging to Tamil Nadu have been released from Sri Lanka and even those who faced death sentences have been released through negotiations, he said.
On the personal intervention of the Saudi Crown Prince, Modi said over 850 Indian prisoners would be released.
"If anyone of you is in pain we will work to heal it," he said.
On development of the tourism and textile sector, the PM said NDA is committed to the development of these sectors.
"Weavers of Kancheepuram are the pride of this land. The Central government is committed to the development of the textile sector. We have released a subsidy of Rs 7,000 crore to the weavers in the country," he said.