Chandigarh, February 14
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday that Punjab needed a stable government to protect national security.
Modi, who was addressing a rally in Jalandhar—his first this election season—amid tight security arrangements, said Punjab needed a government that could protect it.
“In Punjab, the NDA alliance will form a government. In Punjab, a new chapter of development will start. I want to assure the people, especially the youth, that for their brighter future, we will not leave any stone unturned,” Modi said, saying that an NDA government in Punjab will pave way for a new chapter of development in the state.
Congress policies have destroyed industries and affected employment in Punjab, Modi said.
“Congress leaders are fighting among themselves. What security will they give you,” he asked.
The Congress, he said, did not give its state governments any autonomy.
“Congress governments are controlled through remote control by one family. Is that the spirit of federalism? It’s unconstitutional,” he said in his speech.
He also hit out at the state’s Congress government saying he wanted to pay obeisance at the Devi Talab Mandir here, but the police and the administration were unable to make arrangements.
On January 5, the prime minister had to return from Punjab without attending any event, including a rally, after his convoy got stuck on a flyover due to a blockade by protesters in Ferozepur. For the state polls, Modi had on February 8 addressed a virtual rally.
He invoked the 1984 riots and said the Congress was carrying out its vendetta against Punjab.
Punjab, he said, needed a double engine of development—Captain Amarinder Singh’s state government and his own central government. Only National Democratic Alliance can provide that, he said.