Congress Is In ICU, Grand Alliance Is Its Support System, Says PM Modi

| September 14 , 2018 , 09:08 IST

As the Congress pushes for Opposition unity and a Grand Alliance ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday mocked the Grand Old Party, saying that the Congress was turning to alliances as it was in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and other parties would form its "support system".

PM Modi's statements came during a video interaction with booth level workers of the BJP from Jaipur, Nawada, Ghaziabad, Hazaribagh and Arunachal West parliamentary constituencies as he responded to a question regarding opposition's efforts to form a 'mahagathbandhan' or grand alliance.  

"This 'mahagathbandhan' is not a bond of knot but is an alliance of some opportunistic political parties to hide their weaknesses," said PM Modi.

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"They are trying to stitch an alliance of parties while we are stitching people's hearts. This is their compulsion. Our work is to stitch relations which is our national duty," he said, adding that there was confusion in the "mahagathbandhan" over leadership and policy.

"Their only motto is 'Modi hatao', 'Modi hatao' and 'Modi hatao' (Remove Modi) while our determination is to accelerate the path of development," PM Modi said.

"Some years back, the Congress passed a resolution in Madhya Pradesh saying it will never go for any alliance. What is the reason today they are ready to have alliance with any political party? Today they are saying me," he said.

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"When a patient remains in the ICU, he is given a different kind of support system so that he can survive. The Congress is installing a support system of political parties to save itself. For the Congress, all those part of 'mahagathbandhan' are only a support system so that they rescue it from ICU," said PM Modi.

"If the BJP government had made some mistakes or its popularity graph had gone down or the Prime Minister had made some mistakes, would they have gone for an alliance?" PM Modi asked.

"They can't stand before the BJP. This is the reason they are doing this to get together ('mel milap')," he said.

"They are 'naamdar' and we are 'kaamdar'. Their purpose is welfare of a family and ours is country's welfare. The country is going to judge them on these issues... Being a BJP worker it does not make any difference to us what our opponents are doing," the PM said.