Solapur: On Wednesday, amid a public meeting at Akluj Prime Minister Narendra Modi fired a fresh salvo at Nationalist Congress Party President Sharad Pawar for raising questions about his family. "He can say whatever he wants about my family He's my elder and can speak as per his culture. But for me, all the poor in this country are my family," Modi said, addressing an election campaign in Akluj, which is a part of the Madha parliamentary constituency in Western Maharashtra.
"I have been inspired by the family traditions of the greats like Mahatma Jyotiba Phule, Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev, Rajguru, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Veer Savarkar and others," Modi said. Advising Pawar "to learn" from the family of the late Deputy Prime Minister Y. B. Chavan, who also hailed from Western Maharashtra, Modi said all these illustrious families have "inspired and guided him", for they sacrificed everything for the country.
The Congress party has been engaged in serving only one family for so many decades instead of following the ideals of these great families, the Prime Minister said. His Akluj rally was to gather support for the BJP candidate from Madha and royal family descendent Ranjitsinh Naik-Nimbalkar, who is locking horns with NCP's Sanjay Shinde.
The Madha Lok Sabha constituency in Solapur district is adjacent to Pune district's Baramati, which has been the stronghold of the Sharad Pawar clan for over five decades. Earlier, appealing to the people to vote for a strong government, Modi said only he could provide a tough administration for the country.