Stating that the state has suffered in development and growth in the past four years he alleged the Congress lacks both “vision” and “wazan” (weight) as he referred to the goof-up by chief minister Ashok Gehlot in the state assembly while presenting the state budget.
The PM said while his government has given top priority to infrastructure development by increasing capital expenditure, which is the maximum at Rs 10 lakh crore in 2023-24 to spur growth and create jobs, he listed how the Centre has taken up development of border areas.
While nearly 1,400 km of roads in the border areas of Rajasthan have been completed, there is a plan for another 1,000 km of roads in these areas, the PM said. “The Congress governments did not carry out development works in border villages and areas because they were scared, and they have said in the Parliament that what will happen if the enemy comes on those roads made by us… Congress has always underestimated the valour and bravery of our soldiers. Our forces know how to stop the enemy at the border, send them back and give a befitting reply,” he added.
Modi said had there been a “double engine” government in Rajasthan, there would have been more development. Taking aim at Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot, who read out last year’s budget in the assembly, the PM said, “What happened during the budget is being discussed all across. I agree that anyone can make a mistake. But it also tells that Congress has no vision or weight. This also happened because he (Gehlot) had presented the budget last year, and just kept it in a box and forgot.”
The PM also accused the state government of lacking vision and hindering the state’s development. “Congress leaders neither work nor allow others to work. They are engaged in diverting, delaying, and forgetting the developmental works which remained only on paper,” he said.
Alleging that the law and order situation in Rajasthan under the Congress rule is deteriorating, he claimed the state needs a stable and growth-oriented government.
During his address, the PM invoked local deities, recalled his visit to Bhilwara, calling it the land of Lord Meen, who is worshipped by the Meenas, a crucial tribal vote bank in the state. He also listed the steps taken to protect the interest of tribals, banjaras, ex-serveice man and popularise the mota anaj (coarse grain), which has got the new name of ‘Shri Anna’. Rajasthan will go to the polls later this year.
Congratulating the people after the launch of major infrastructure projects, the PM said this is “vikas ka utsav (festival of development)”.
In what could be a response to Gehlot’s demand of declaring the Eastern Rajasthan Canal Project (ERCP) as a national project, Modi also told the cheering crowd that the central government has prepared a mega proposal merging two projects – ERCP and Parbati-Kalisindh-Chambal River link to provide drinking and irrigation water to 13 eastern districts of the state.
“Providing a solution to the problem of water scarcity in Rajasthan is the priority of the BJP government. We are committed to providing water for drinking and irrigation to the 13 eastern districts of Rajasthan,” said PM Ways.