Oppn will get 'zero battey sannata', says PM Modi
Banda (UP): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday promised to work "in mission mode" to rid Bundelhand of its water scarcity, while also claiming that the opposition will be reduced to 'zero battey sannata' in the Lok Sabha polls.
"Opposition leaders are going with long faces after half of the polling is over as they know the outcome," he said at a public meeting here in Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh.
"The opposition will get 'zero battey sannata'," he added, playing on the name of a Hindi movie, 'Nil Battey Sannata', which means zero divided by zero - a slang for nothing.
Stating that he understands well the problem of acute water scarcity in the region, which is also responsible for its backwardness, the prime minister said it will be handled "in mission mode". "I feel the struggle for water faced by my sisters. This challenge also has been accepted by your chowkidar," said Modi. He promised to start work to provide water to the parched region "in mission mode" within a month after the announcement of the election result, if they return "the Modi government" to the power again. He said he would get women rid of water scarcity just like he freed them from smoke by providing LPG connections and the personal humiliation by providing toilets.
He also promised to establish a 'Jal Shakti Mantralaya' to deal with the country-wide problem of water scarcity by reviving rivers.
If voted to power, his next government would make an all out effort to ensure that water reaches people though all available means just like, he said, his government provided electricity to all villages in the last five years. Accusing the previous governments of "doing selfish politics", the prime minister rued that even the Congress government supported by the SP and BSP kept hundreds of irrigation projects pending.
"We have taken up 99 such big projects and most of them are on the verge of completion," he said, while also referring to his government's various other work like the Bundelkhand Expressway and the defence corridor projects impacting the region. Jibing at the Opposition, he said all the leaders in the poll fray, despite fielding a small numbwer of candidates are dreaming of becoming prime minister. He said the SP-BSP and the Congress have not told people about any of their schemes for ending terrorism and appear to be afraid of talking about the terrorism.
Later in the evening before filing his nomination from Varanasi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also held a mega roadshow in the temple town as thousands lined the streets to take a glimpse of their star candidate. The PM later tweeted that he was "grateful for the warmth and affection" shown by the people of Kashi.
As chants of 'Modi, Modi' rent the air, the PM's cavalcade traversed through Assi Ghat, Bhadaini, Sonarpura, Madanpura, Jangambadi, Godowlia before concluding at the Dashashwamedh Ghat, where he performed the evening aarti.
Modi began the roadshow by garlanding the statue of Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya outside the Banaras Hindu University. He was accompanied by BJP chief Amit Shah, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and other top alliance leaders.