PUNE: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday appealed to voters in the State to give mandate to the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance in the State polls for a steady and strong government.
He said the State Government is committed to provide opportunities to all and is taking decisions for a better future of the youths. Modi was addressing a poll rally in the city.
The rally was caught in a controversy due to the opposition parties raking up the tree-cutting at the rally venue. This was the second rally addressed by him at the SP College ground. The first rally was held during the 2014 Lok Sabha polls when Modi was the chief minister of Gujarat.
Modi’s speech lasted for 37 minutes. When Modi appeared on the stage, people gave a standing ovation to him. The ground was completely covered to avoid interference by rain.
Modi started his speech in Marathi saying that Pune is known as a city of knowledge and culture. He mentioned the names of social reformers and warriors from Maharashtra. He thanked the people of the state for electing BJP at the Centre.
Modi said, “We are investing in infrastructure. In coming five years, we will invest Rs 100 lakh crore in basic infrastructure. Cities such as Pune will get its benefits. Pune’s connectivity with the world will improve. The metro rail network is expanding. People will get relief from traffic congestions. Pune and Maharashtra will benefit from new trains like Tejas.”
“We are focusing on physical infrastructure as well as on digital infrastructure,” he added.
“You voted us for five years. We haven’t completed five months. We have formed policies for the coming five years. We have given a new hope and confidence to India. The world is recognising India’s power. India’s economy is changing rapidly. India is among the top five Foreign Direct Investment (FDI)-friendly countries in the world,” said Modi.
Warning people who looted the country, he said they would soon be put behind bars. ”I assured the country in 2014 to send such looters till the gates of prison. We have seen this in the last five years. Now, I will assure you that we will put them in prison,” he said.