Ahead of the elections in Maharashtra, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, addressed a rally in Maharashtra's Jalna, where he slammed the Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) for insulting the armed forces. In his address, PM Modi lashed out at the opposition for retorting to the surgical strike and berating the armed forces.
Maharashtra Assembly elections are to be held on October 21, while the counting will be held on October 24. In Maharashtra, the polls will be fought to select 288 members in the Legislative Assembly, while Harayana will elect 90 members for the Assembly.
PM Modi assailing the Congress, said that no nationalist will protest against the surgical strike and will insult the Army.
"Will any nationalist protest against the surgical strikes? Will they insult the Army and its warriors? These people did, shamelessly. There have always been voices from Maharashtra about nationalism and patriotism. But unfortunately, these rites of Maharashtra hurt Congress-NCP leaders on every occasion, on every platform," the PM said.
The Prime Minister also said, "This is the reason that despite giving 3-3 Chief Ministers to Maharashtra, there was not much difference in the situation in Marathwada." Further highlighting the efforts of the present government, PM Modi said that poor families of every sector, every faith have electricity connection. Toilet facilities are provided to every poor family and under the Ayushman Bharat Scheme, free treatment is also being provided to every poor without any hindrances.
The BJP released its manifesto for Maharashtra on Tuesday. In the manifesto, the party has promised a 'drought-free Maharashtra'. The Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis called it a 'sankalp-patra' commitment paper and said all the government aims to build a water rigid state and also ensure the free flow of rainwater. The party's working president JP Nadda said that the manifesto has three main pillars - 'drought, water, and employment'. The BJP has promised to generate one crore jobs in the state, sanitary napkin at Re. 1 for women, all the village panchayat to be connected via broadband internet, every district to have ATAL Vigyan Kendra and to get the investment of Rs 5 lakh crore in infrastructure projects, among others.