VARANASI (Uttar Pradesh): The BJP, with whom political parties were reluctant to tie up a couple of decades ago, is still considered a political untouchable because of “created perception” against it, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday.
Addressing his party workers on his first visit to his constituency Varanasi after elections, the prime minister said that BJP has been ruling for a long time but “our nature is not divisive”.
“Baba Ambedkar and Mahatma Gandhi spent all their lives fighting for eradicating untouchability. But unfortunately, political untouchability is increasing with each passing day. BJP workers have regularly been killed on the one hand and BJP is considered untouchable. “We have been ruling for a long time but our nature is not divisive. A perception has been created which is still that we are untouchable even today,” he said.
Citing an example of his days as Gujarat chief minister, Modi said that when the state government took the help Bollywood to promote state tourism, people raised questions due to this perception of untouchability.
“They asked as to how they (Bollywood) could work for Gujarat,” he said appealing to rivals to “shun this perception”. (ANI)
Narendra Modi gave a lesson in nationalism saying one cannot hail mother India and in the same breath spit in public, which is not acceptable.
“We say ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ and spit (in public) in the same breath after chewing Banarasi paan (betel). What kind of ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ is this?” he said at a gathering of BJP workers here.
Cleanliness has been one of the most important campaigns of the BJP-led NDA government since it came to power in 2014. Modi announced the ‘Clean India’ scheme in his first Independence Day after taking the reins of power. Last year, a new ‘Swachhata Hi Seva Movement’ was launched to fulfill Mahatma Gandhi’s dream of a Clean India. (ANI)