I sold tea but I never sold the nation like UPA: Modi


Agency, Hardoi :Continuing his tirade against the Congress and the Gandhi family, BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Monday said that though he sold tea, he never sold the nation like the ruling UPA coalition government at the Centre.Addressing a huge rally in Hardoi, the BJP leader said, “I sold tea but I am proud that I never sold the nation like the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre.””Congress ne desh ki Gadi aise gehre khadde mein dala hai ki mujhe bahut log chahiye ise bahar nikalne ke liye, (Congress has put the nation in such a deep trench that I need support of more people to bring it out),” he added.Modi also came down heavily on the Congress chief, Sonia Gandhi and asked the gathering, “Do you want a government in Delhi which runs with the oxygen provided by the mother and the son?Further attacking Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, Modi said, “He can’t take care of Amethi, how can he run the country. Don’t you need a strong government at the Centre?”The Gujarat Chief Minister also compared Rahul Gandhi’s much-publicised visits to the houses of Dalits and poor with tourists visiting the Taj Mahal in UP.In a stern warning to corrupt leaders, Modi said, “I want a Parliament free from criminals. I won’t spare a single convicted politician.””Be it BJP, NDA or any other party, no one will be spared. Those who have committed crimes must be punished, “Modi thundered at the rally.Amid chants of ‘Modi’ ‘Modi’, the Gujarat Chief Minister said, “If we form the government, I will make sure criminals do not enter Parliament, even if they’re from BJP or NDA, thorough probe and action will be taken against them.”The BJP’s PM nominee said that he is not bothered about the safety of his life and victory and defeat of his party in these elections but whatever happens he will never compromise with his principles.”I am not bothered if I win or lose. I will never compromise with my principles. I will make committees to look into criminal cases of people,” Modi said.Besides, Hardoi, Modi is expected to address several rallies in Etah, Hathras, Firozabad and Mathura today.Modi will be campaigning for Bollywood actress and party candidate from Mathura Hema Malini.Modi will be seeking support for the yesteryear “dream girl” at two places in Mathura and will also address a rally for Rajveer Singh, son of former UP chief minister Kalyan Singh at Etah, SP Singh Baghel (Firozabad).Firozabad is a high stakes seat for the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) as Akshay Pratap Singh, son of senior party leader Ram Gopal Yadav is the party candidate from here.Akhsay is the cousin of UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and nephew of SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav. The ruling party has pulled all stops to ensure his victory.