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MP Assembly Election 2023: ‘No Need To Read Poverty From Books, I Came Out Of It,’ Says PM Modi

While campaigning for the poll-bound Madhya Pradesh, PM Narendra Modi said he came out of poverty himself so he does not need to read books.

Edited By : Pranjal Gupta | Updated: Nov 5, 2023 14:56 IST
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Seoni (Madhya Pradesh): While campaigning for the poll-bound Madhya Pradesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said he came out of poverty himself so he does not need to take lessons on the same from books.

“I have come out of poverty, I don’t have to read in books what poverty is. I can feel the pain of the poor. Therefore, your son, your brother, has made a big decision in his mind that when the ‘Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana’ is completed in December, we will guarantee a free ration for the next 5 years,” said PM Modi.

During the campaign, the PM reiterated that his government would extend the free ration scheme for the poor for five years, calling it a “guarantee of Modi”.

“This is BJP, for which every poor, backward, Dalit, tribal… is a member of the BJP family. A member of my family…” added the Prime Minister while addressing Seoni, which is scheduled to go under polls on November 17.

However, PM Modi also targeted Congress who, he said, cannot be trusted and hit the grand old party with a jibe. “Congress can never be trusted. The Congress’ slogan is “Garib ke jeb saaf, kaam half se bhi half” (The poor‘s pocket is clean, the work is half of the half), which means Congress does not work towards development, but it definitely empties the poor people’s pockets,” PM Modi said.

He also said there were no scams during the ruling of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which was evident at the time when Congress was in the power.

“Before 2014, each scam of Congress used to be worth lakhs and crores, now there are no scams under the BJP government’s rule. The money saved in the name of the poor is spent on their ration schemes. This is the biggest difference between the corruptive Congress government and the BJP government,” he added.

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He also alleged that the Congress party is “pretending” to contest in Madhya Pradesh. “For Congress, no one is bigger than its own family. Where Congress assumes office, the government schemes, roads, streets… everything is named after that family. Only that family is visible in the MP manifesto,” he said.

He added, “Congress is not contesting elections in Madhya Pradesh. They know that there is no need to win the elections here; they are just pretending to contest the elections. They contest the elections to see whose son will become the head of the Congress.”

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“Congress neither has any future of its own nor does it have any roadmap for the future of the youth of MP. Even today, Congress leaders ask for votes on what their grandparents did,” he further said.

Election Dates In 5 States

Elections to the 90-member Chhattisgarh Assembly will be held in two phases, with the first phase of polling for 20 seats scheduled for November 7 and the remaining 70 seats to go for polling on November 17.

Madhya Pradesh will go to the polls on November 17, Mizoram on November 7, Rajasthan on November 25 and Telangana on November 30. The counting of votes will be done on December 3.

First published on: Nov 05, 2023 02:56 PM IST

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