“Sant Ravi Das se unko (SP) kitni chidh rahi hai ye log jaante hain (People know how much they hated Sant Ravidas),” Modi said, speaking at a campaign rally in Sitapur, launching the Dalit narrative against Yadav before the third phase of voting in the UP elections.
On the other hand, said the Prime Minister, the BJP government has taken inspiration from Sant Ravidas by placing the Dalits and the oppressed at the center of various social welfare programs and working on the mantra of “Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas Sabka Vishwas” – the slogan of the brand which the saffron outfit was whipped to nurture the backward classes and the Dalits.
Modi’s sighting came on a day when high-profile politicians crossing party lines visited the Temple of Sant Ravidas in Varanasi. He said it was a “great pride” for him to have embellished the temple of the saint located in his parliamentary constituency. “Dashakon se unke mandir ke uddhar ki maang ho rahi thi. By chunav aate hi langar, chakhna aur photo khichwake ye log bhaag jaate they…” Modi said, with a portrait of Saint Ravidas hanging in the background on the ‘platform.
The prime minister said Ravidas’ ideals inspired the BJP government to provide free food grains to the poor twice a month amid a raging pandemic that has already lasted two years. Modi categorically pointed out that under Prime Minister Gareeb Kalyan Anna Yojana, out of 15 crore beneficiaries, nine crores came from the backward community and 3 crores Dalits. Similarly, free vaccination was offered to all the poor regardless of state coffers.
“Gareeb jaanta hai ki kaun sankat ke samay saath tha aur kaun sankat ke samay lapata ho gaya tha… (Poor man knows who supported him during the crisis),” Modi said. Affirming that the BJP has always remained concerned about the poor, the Prime Minister pointed to Ayushman Bharat as an important program to take care of the financial problems of the poor during medical emergencies.
He also mentioned the Ujjawala Yojana of giving free LPG connection to BPL families, explaining how this has saved millions of women from smoke-inducing and life-threatening ‘chulhas’.
Calling himself “gareeb ka beta”, Modi said only he could understand the pain of poor women who remained without toilets and LPG even after 70 years of independence. “Our government has given away crores of free toilets and gas hookups in UP alone,” he said.
The Prime Minister credited Maharajganj MP and Minister of State for Finance Pankaj Chaudhary with “writing” the Union budget which he said was widely appreciated by all sides. The six-time MP happens to be a Kurmi, a backward sub-caste that the BJP seeks to consolidate in the central UP region.
Affirming that the BJP government was committed to providing security, Modi said that under the “rule of the mafias”, the poor were not getting justice. ‘People can’t forget how crime was at its peak under the previous SP government,’ he said, insisting that hardly any festival was held in UP without face coverings. fire. “People in the UP say those who established the rule of law will come back to power,” he said.
Addressing farmers, Modi lashed out at Akhilesh Yadav’s previous regimes for leveling a “lathi accusation” at gullible farmers who demanded payment of cane and fertilizer arrears. “Opposition parties have a history of closing sugar refineries, while Yogi Adityanath’s government has taken steps to install new refineries,” he said.