Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses an election rally in Rajasthan’s Banswara on April 21, 2024.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses an election rally in Rajasthan’s Banswara on April 21, 2024.X/@BJP4India

Lok Sabha Elections 2024: Cong would Distribute Nation's Wealth to People with 'More Children' if Elected to Power, Says PM Modi

He was addressing an election rally at Rajasthan's Banswara.

New Delhi: In one of the most controversial speeches delivered so far in the run up and during the ongoing general elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday (April 21) that the Congress would give the nation's wealth to people with "more children" if they were elected to power.

Calling leaders of the grand-old party "urban naxals" while addressing a rally at Rajasthan's Banswara, he said, "The Congress manifesto calls for calculating the gold owned by mothers and sisters, gathering information about it and then distributing the the property."

Asking people "whom would they (the Congress) distribute the country's wealth to", the prime minister himself replied, "The Congress in its manifesto said they will distribute the country's property. The Manmohan Singh's government had earlier said Muslims had the first right on the country's assets. This means, they will distribute the wealth among those who have more children, among infiltrators."

He once again asked the participants of the public meeting, "Should your hard-earned money go to the infiltrators? Do you approve of this?"

Modi was referring to a statement made by Singh in 2006 wherein the former prime minister had urged states to devise innovative plans to ensure that minorities, especially Muslims, are empowered to share equitable in the fruits of development".

"I believe our collective priorities are clear: agriculture, irrigation and water resources, health, education, critical investment in rural infrastructure, and the essential public investments needs of general infrastructure, along with programmes for the upliftment of SC/STs, other backward classes (OBCs), minorities and women and children. The component plans for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes will need to be revitalised. We will have to devise innovative plans to ensure that minorities, particularly the Muslim minority, are empowered to share equitably in the fruits of development. They must have the first claim on resources. The Centre has a myriad other responsibilities whose demands will have to be fitted within the overall resources availability," Singh had said in the statement, which was referred by Modi completely out of context.

The remarks at the time had caused a controversy, which led the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) to release a statement — saying that it was misinterpreted intentionally and maliciously.

Following the controversy, the PMO stated that all priority areas, including SCs, STs, OBCs, women and children and minorities, were included in Manmohan Singh's reference to the first claim on resources.

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