Jaipur: Former Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot on Monday claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi’s frequent visits to the state in the election year were only aimed at garnering votes and once the objective is met, they would disappear.

Addressing a public program in Sriganganagar district, Mr. Pilot said that Prime Minister Modi chose Dausa to inaugurate the Delhi-Dausa-Lalsot section of the Delhi-Mumbai Expressway only because he was visiting those places ahead of the assembly elections in Rajasthan.

The Prime Minister inaugurated the expressway on 12 February and held a public meeting in Dausa. Pilot represented the Dausa Lok Sabha seat in Parliament from 2004 to 2009. Mr. Pilot also hit out at the BJP-led Center over the Enforcement Directorate’s (ED) raids on premises linked to Congress leaders in Chhattisgarh, where the party is going to hold a three-day plenary session starting February 24.

“The entire country is watching this,” he said.

Hitting out at PM Modi and All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Owaisi, Mr. Pilot said, “This February is special. The prime minister is going to Dausa… Owaisi is going to Tonk. Because this is the election year. Where were both these leaders for the last four years? As the polls are approaching, they are coming to give speeches, and talk about religion. They were not there before the election and the day the polls are over in Rajasthan, they will disappear.”

“We, the people who are sitting here, are your companions in happiness and sorrow. They are the people who brought laws against farmers, and who came to power by taking votes in the name of religion. They are in power, but they could not control inflation or unemployment,” the MLA from Tonk added.

He said opportunist people are ruling at the Centre after taking votes on emotions, but they have failed the country on all fronts.

“They will once again do Hindu-Muslim, mandir-masjid, Bharat-Pakistan during elections, but they have nothing to do with fertilizers, seeds, electricity, employment, health. They come before elections to give speeches,” he said.

Targeting the prime minister over the Eastern Rajasthan Canal Project (ERCP), Mr. Pilot said PM Modi had promised to accord the status of a national project to it during his election rallies in the state in 2018.

Referring to the prime minister’s speech in Dausa at the inauguration of the expressway, he said, “He did not recall his promise made five years ago. The road going from Delhi to Mumbai but he only got Dausa for the inauguration… He knows that he has to visit places which are our (Congress) bastions.”

The Congress leader unveiled a statue of BR Ambedkar at the program and said any kind of oppression must be opposed with full force.

“We cannot accept injustice against the sons and daughters of Dalits. We have to give a voice to them, it is our responsibility of all of us. The gap between the rich and the poor is increasing and that has to be filled,” he said.

By Archana

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