Addressing BJP workers as a part of the 'Thank You' visit to the PM-elect's constituency - Varanasi, Narendra Modi, on Monday, has said that while fighting for justice and tradition, The BJP has had to face - political violence and political untouchability at Varanasi's Trade Facilitation Centre.'
"BJP has gone through two hurdles while fighting for the elections. Just as there are two strength, justice and tradition we have experienced two hurdles also - political violence and political untouchability," he said.
Elaborating on the lesser known instances of violence against BJP workers, he said that for their political ideologies alone, the party's supporters had been killed in Kerala, Kashmir, West Bengal, and Tripura.
"Let it Kerala or Kashmir, West Bengal or Tripura, these incidences remain unknown as they are not covered by the media. Some people's selective sensitivity, selective humanity, rejects the truth in these instances. But many of our party workers have attained martyrdom. They have been murdered. Due to differences in political ideologies only, they have been killed," he added.
Condemning such acts of violence, he added that the hatred narrative created by these acts have given legitimacy to violence.
"When polls were held in Tripura, our party workers were hanged. Even today the violence spate in Bengal has not stopped. In Kashmir and Kerala too our party workers have died. This kind of targetting of one such political party has hardly ever happened in history. Based on these instances the hatred narrative which has been created has resulted in giving legitimacy to such violent acts," he said.
Earlier in the day, the PM-elect after having offered prayers at the Kashi Vishwanath temple thanked the BJP workers for their relentless efforts and hard work that led to the victory of the party.
In the speech, in an indirect reference to Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, the PM-elect aid that they (Congress) tried to create a wrong perception about the BJP, but the work is done by BJP workers helped breach everything. He said that 'transparency and hard work are above the maligned intentions.'
"The chemistry of tradition and determination defeats everything, and this time arithmetic has defeated chemistry. They try to create a perception. It has been believed that politics is about perception. They wanted to ensure that the correct perception should not form about us, so they spread lies. By argument and counter-argument, they destroy the perception," said PM-elect Modi.
The PM-elect who visited his home ground of Ahmedabad on Sunday and his constituency Varanasi on Monday will be sworn in as the Prime Minister of the 17th Lok Sabha on May 30 after the NDA won a thumping majority of 353 seats.