'Sinking' Congress has lost its identity: PM Modi in Jalandhar

| Updated: Jan 27, 2017 23:31 IST

Jalandhar (Punjab) [India], Jan. 27 (ANI): As Punjab goes to polls on February 4 Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday openly called the Congress a 'sinking boat' adding that it has lost its identity. Terming the grand old party 'a thing of the past', Prime Minister Modi said it is in a bad shape and nobody knows the colour, form and intention of this party. "In order to save itself, the Congress is resorting to 'give us anything at any cost'," said Prime Minister Modi while addressing a campaigning rally here. Blatantly hitting out at the Congress, the Prime Minister said that the party allied with the Left in West Bengal for its survival and then taking advantage of the Samajwadi Party (SP) feud, allied with it as well in Uttar Pradesh. "Congress, at first, badmouthed the SP in UP, but after seeing the conflict within the party, allied with them," said Prime Minister Modi. Drawing an analogy, Prime Minister Modi said that the Congress was struggling for power in a similar way as a fish does without water. Batting for Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal as the deserving chief of the state, Prime Minister Modi said, "Punjab wants to see Parkash Singh Badal as the Chief Minister again. He has always worked for Punjab." Showering praises on Badal, Prime Minister Modi said the former spent years in public life but never changed parties or compromised on ideals. "For Badal 'Sahab', what matters is the poor, the farmers, the villages," he added. Asserting that his government has always fought against corruption, Modi enumerated various measures taken by the Centre to improve conditions. "OROP was pending since so many years, we have already given Rs 6,000 crore out of Rs 10,000 crore to our soldiers," he said. Bringing in the cause and effect theory, the Prime Minister said the surgical strike across Line of Control (LoC) to neutralise terrorists had an absolutely positive effect on the people of Punjab, the happiness of which could be seen in every family. With BJP-Akali Dal alliance for Punjab assembly elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi strongly campaigned for Badal, asserting that he is the right person to rule the state. (ANI)