- PM in Punjab to campaign for assembly elections
- Asks people to bring back BJP-Akali alliance led by Chief Minister Badal
- Says Congress desperate for power, like a fish out of water
"You all can see how the Congress is collapsing across the country...They are desperate for power, their desperation is like that of a fish out of water," PM Modi said at a rally in Punjab's Jalandhar, a few hours after the Congress' Rahul Gandhi launched a big attack on the Badals at Majitha, about 80 km away.
PM Modi credited Chief Minister Badal with working "night and day for the unity of Hindus and Sikhs" and said that in their many meetings all that the 89-year-old chief minister has discussed with him is the welfare of Punjab's farmers and its poor.
"Badal Sahab has always been true to Punjab, he has always given his best and Punjab would love to see him lead it towards development and a better future," the Prime Minister said, accusing rival parties of "going to any extent in their selfishness and greed for power to ruin Punjab's image" and asking the state to "punish them all for speaking about this great land in bad light".
The PM mocked the Congress' efforts saying the party was so sure it was winning the 2012 election that it had begun practicing taking oath. But for the first time ever Punjab had re-elected a government, voting the Akali-Dal BJP back in power. It would happen again this time, PM Modi said.