Just a few months ahead of the much-awaited Lok Sabha polls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi began his election campaign with a fiery rally in Agra, wherein he took a dig at the Opposition for questioning the present government for providing 10% quota to Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) keeping the polls in mind.
Addressing a massive rally in Uttar Pradesh, which came hours after he had spoken at a similar rally in Solapur, Maharashtra, the Prime Minister slammed the opposition for questioning the intent of the government.
"Some people say that why Modi government brought this bill at the time of the elections. In this country, do we go even go six months without an election in one state or the another? If I had brought three months before, they would have accused us of bringing it keeping the Chhattisgarh, MP and Rajasthan elections in mind. If I had brought before before they, they would have said this was done keeping Karanataka elections in mind," PM Modi said.
Ever since the BJP government signed a resolution to grant 10% reservation to the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS), which will be over and above the 50% already reserved for SC, ST and OBCs, they have come under the scanner of the Opposition, who have termed their move as an election gimmick.
Further in his election pitch, the Prime Minister spoke in favor of 'one nation-one poll', which has been pitched by the government ever since coming to power. He stated that it is the need of the hour due to a various number of issues.
"In India, elections take place almost every six months, hence I say that we should have Lok Sabha and state elections at the very same time. One election in every five years, isn't this what should happen? Shouldn't the expenditure be cut or not? Shouldn't we stop spending day and night on this? Shouldn't the government work for full five years? Will the police personnel do their work or do at the election work? This is all that was happening," he added.