Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked on Wednesday why the Congress did not support Droupadi Murmu in the presidential election if the opposition party was so concerned about tribes.
He was speaking at an election rally in the tribal-dominated city of Dahod in central Gujarat for BJP candidates in the region. Central Gujarat constituencies will go to the polls on December 5 in the second phase of parliamentary elections.
At a rally in the tribal-dominated Mahuva village in Surat district on Monday, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi had accused the ruling Bharatiya Janata party of taking away tribal rights.
Modi referred to Gandhi and his ongoing Bharat Jodo Yatra in the speech.
“A person is marching on foot to get the power back. In his speech he talks about tribes. I want to ask him why Congress did not support BJP female tribal candidate in presidential election? Instead, they fielded their own candidate to defeat her,” the prime minister said.
“Despite the efforts of Congress,” Droupadi Murmu became president “with the blessings of the indigenous people,” he added.
Why has Congress never thought of making an Adivasi (tribe) our president? It was the BJP that made a tribal person, also a woman, the president of our country for the first time and sent a message to the world,” Modi said.
He also accused Congress of not paying attention to the development of the British Pearl area of Dahod.
“But as Prime Minister, I remembered, and now an investment worth Rs 20,000 crore has come here for building railway locomotives. These locomotives will also be exported to other countries. This huge investment will ultimately benefit the local people “, he said.
The Dahod district received a host of facilities and benefits under the BJP government, including engineering and nursing schools, a medical college, tap water connections and the development of facilities under the Smart City project, Modi said.
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