The Honourable Bharatiya Janata Party National President Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda ji on 31 January addressed a huge public rally in Puducherry where he announced that the BJP will win more than 23 seats in the Puducherry assembly elections.
Shri Nadda said that I am thrilled to see the enthusiasm and love of the people of Puducherry for the Bharatiya Janata Party and the affection and respect for Honourable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji. I am now very certain and confident that the BJP will win 23 plus (23+) assembly seats in Puducherry in the forthcoming assembly elections. When the BJP comes to power, the allocation of funds and its proper utilisation under the guidance of the Honourable Prime Minister will be ensured to enable fast pace development and growth of Puducherry. I am confident that Puducherry will change, ‘Kamalam’ will blossom and fast progress and development of Puducherry will happen.
The leaders who were present on the dais included the Puducherry BJP President V. Swaminathan ji, BJP National General Secretary Shri CT Ravi and BJP Puducherry Prabhari Shri Nirmala Kumar Surana ji. Former PWD Minister A Namassivayam’s supporters in large numbers from Puducherry and Karaikal regions in the Union Territory also joined the BJP on Sunday. They joined the BJP in the presence of party Honourable National President Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda ji. It may be noted that Mr Namassivayam along with Congress legislator Theeppainthan from Ossudu constituency resigned from the party and joined the BJP in New Delhi three days ago. Following this, a large number of his supporters resigned from their posts in the Congress and joined the BJP. With placards in their hands and accompanied by music and beating of drums, the supporters of Mr Namassivayam from Puducherry and Karaikal regions reached the AFT maidan, the venue of the public meeting in buses, vans and cars. Similarly, the supporters of Mr Theeppainthan also reached the AFT maidan.
Earlier, Shri Nadda after completing his visit to Tamil Nadu arrived at the Puducherry Airport. The BJP President garlanded the Bharathi statue and reached the public meeting venue.
Addressing the huge public rally, the BJP President said that it was his prime responsibility to pay respects to Shri Aurobindo for which the land of Puducherry is known. He also paid rich tributes to all the great freedom fighters who fought for India’s independence.
Shri Nadda said, the Congress has ruined Puducherry due to its corruption, mismanagement and poor governance. Today 52% of the population of Puducherry lives below the poverty line. It was Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee who gave 70 % grant in aid to Puducherry during his government. But it is very unfortunate and shocking to note that when Mr Narayanasamy, who is current Chief Minister of Puducherry, became the Union Minister in the Manmohan Singh government at the Centre this grant in aid money was reduced to 30%. What kind of politics are Congress leaders and Mr V Narayanasamy doing by depriving people of progress and development? Puducherry is now in a debt trap. As a Union minister Mr Narayanasamy can waive off loans of Jharkhand worth Rs 5,000 crore but he cannot take similar action when it comes to Puducherry. Why this discrimination with the people of Puducherry? This is gross injustice with the people of Puducherry. This is the reason why senior Congress leaders are leaving the party and joining the BJP in large numbers as they know that the change is going to come in Puducherry and that BJP can only bring fast development, progress and prosperity to this beautiful state. I welcome all Congress leaders who have joined the BJP to the party and I am confident that with their support and hard work the ‘Kamalam’ (Lotus the symbol of the BJP) will blossom and the BJP will form the next government in the state.
The BJP President said that corruption today in the government in Puducherry is at its peak. Do not forget what the Vidhan Sabha Deputy Speaker of the Congress party has said. The Vidhan Sabha Deputy Speaker has accused his own party, its Chief Minister and the Cabinet Ministers of being highly corrupt and swindling public funds. He said that the Party Ministers were highly corrupt and that they were hand in glove with the Chief Minister Mr Narayanasamy in flourishing corruption and depriving the people of the state of their rights and development. Similarly, the Congress government has not held the local bodies elections in Puducherry thus depriving 2231 local bodies representatives of their rights.
Shri Nadda said, It is due to the corrupt government in Puducherry that today 76% youth in the state are unemployed. Similarly, there is so much mismanagement of funds that thousands of workers employed in the Cooperative sectors and industry associated with have not got their salaries for the past 4 years. The government is slowly killing the industry and the government corporations. The government has swindled funds meant for the welfare of Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes communities, while they have deprived students and youths of Puducherry of the seats in the professional colleges in the state. The state government has closed down all ration shops in the states which used to help poor and needy people. While Honourable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji is planning to launch ‘One Nation, One Ration Card’ scheme across India, it is very unfortunate to see that the Congress Government in Puducherry has deprived the people of the state of their right to get free and cheap ration.
Attacking the Congress rule in the state, the BJP President said the Congress government has failed to open up new industries in its rule while the old industries and factories that were operating in the state are slowly shutting down or becoming unprofitable due to mismanagement and corrupt practices of the Congress government. The public infrastructure in the state is in a very bad shape. The roads are in a very dilapidated state while no other development work is taking place in Puducherry.
Shri Nadda assured that when the Bharatiya Janata Party will come to power in Puducherry all the development works in the state will be fast tracked and we will resolve all the pending problems of the people of the state. We will pay all unpaid salaries to the employees and workers and remove all grievances of the employees and youths. We will open all closed mills specially the textile mills and also start much needed modernisation of the sugar mills. We will build good quality roads and flyovers to not only help citizens but also to boost tourism in the state. They will get good houses under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna and best medical facilities under the Ayushman Yojna. The BJP government will develop IT Park and industrial and economic zones which were conceived by the then Atal Bihari Vajpayee Government and has been hanging fire since then due to corrupt governance of the Congress. There will be a major expansion and strengthening of the rail network in Puducherry by the BJP and all major cities and towns will be connected to boost ease of travel and do business. We will also conduct local bodies elections to give democratic rights to the people of Puducherry.
The BJP National President said it was because of the national schemes announced by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji Puducherry has benefited immensely from it and this has changed the development index of Puducherry. The development statistics have changed drastically in Puducherry where empowerment of women, youths and village folks have taken place. Today Puducherry is 100 % Open Defecation Free (ODF) due to the revolutionary Swachh Bharat Scheme introduced by our visionary Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji. Under the Jan Dhan Yojana, 40 crore opened nationally which include women in good numbers. Puducherry was also benefited from the scheme in Puducherry 92,000 women opened their Jan Dhan bank accounts and they are now directly getting benefits of various government schemes of the Central Government. Under the Ujjawala Yojana free LPG connections were given to 13500 women in Puducherry thus leading to their empowerment and making their lives easier and better. Out of the 36 crores LED bulbs distributed under the Central Government scheme across India, 6 lakh LED bulbs were distributed in Puducherry thus reducing electricity bills of the people of Puducherry. Under the Sobhagya Yojana, electrification of over 2.6 crore homes took place across the country and the people of Puducherry were also benefited from the scheme. It gives me great pleasure to announce that Puducherry today is 100 % electrified. The people of Puducherry have also benefited from the Ayushman Bharat Yojna where 1.3 lakh families have benefitted who are now getting medical and healthcare assistance to the tune of Rs. 5 lakhs per family. Under the Kisan Samman Yojana 11 crore farmers got benefited from it and in Puducherry Rs.1.13 crores were given to around 10,000 farmers. The Narendra Modi government is giving Rs. 1100 crore every year to GIPMER annually and is now constructing new annexe in the prestigious institution which will give benefits to people of Puducherry and ensure good medical facilities to them.
Shri Nadda said that during the Corona pandemic the Prime Minister gave 25,000 metric tonnes of ration to Puducherry despite the fact that the corrupt Congress government in Puducherry has closed down all the ration shops in Puducherry. The Bharatiya Janata Party workers did a commendable job in Puducherry during the pandemic where they distributed food packets and rations and gave people sanitisers and face masks. While all the other parties went into lockdown mode and did nothing to help the people of Puducherry, it was the BJP workers who risked their lives and helped people in the times of crisis. I salute the BJP workers for this.
Hon’ble National President said that during the Corona pandemic Honourable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji led from the front and united the nation. Usually it takes years to develop a vaccine. But Indian scientists and doctors have done a miracle by developing two ‘Made in India’ vaccines for the world’s largest vaccination drive. The fact that Covid vaccine was successfully developed and manufactured in India and we successfully started the world’s biggest Corona vaccination drive is the solid proof of the prowess, great capabilities and scientific genius of our doctors and scientists who have all the capabilities and knowledge to be at the top in the world. It is under the dynamic and decisive leadership of the Honourable Prime Minister that the last assault on Corona has begun. In the first phase 1 crore health workers and over 2 crore frontline workers will be administered Corona vaccine. Today India is giving Corona vaccines to 14 countries. Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji is not only taking care of India but also providing vaccines to the world and we are ready to help all the other nations who want vaccines from India.