Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi is in Ambikapur, Chhattisgarh to speak during the second phase of Chief Minister Raman Singh’s Vikas Yatra. Follow a live text and video feeds of his speech below.
Narendra Modi speaks at the BJP’s ‘Vikas Yatra’ in Ambikapur, Chhattisgarh
4:59 pm: Narendra Modi concludes his speech with greetings and best wishes to the people of Chhattisgarh.
4:56 pm: Government has only one sacred text -- the Constitution. It has only one religion -- nation first. Modi asks the people of Chhattisgarh to stand by Raman Singh.
4:54 pm: BJP-ruled States have performed better than Congress-ruled ones across the spectrum. Coal scam files have been lost and Parliament has been abuzz with debates on that. But what the people of India have been wondering is the lost Central Government.
4:52 pm: The top 5 States to score on good governance have always been BJP or NDA ones. Congress Governments, instead of trying to measure up to the standards set by these States, have only ever tried to malign their record.
4:49 pm: Our mothers and sisters live in safety and security. Our young men are ready to be employed. We have made our administration people-friendly.
4:47 pm: We do not believe in political untouchability. We are people to working together and we believe in taking the good from even from other States.
4:45 pm: Modi says he is confident that in thye coming Assembly election, Chhattisgarh will wipe the Congress out.
4:44 pm: Slamming Rahul Gandhi without naming him, Modi says that he insulted the poor of the country by calling poverty a state of mind. Instead of soothing the pain that poor people undergo on a daily basis, Congress has made an effort to deepen their wounds.
4:41 pm: Modi says that Congress does not consider people citizens. It thinks of them as vote-banks and therefore it is no surprise that that is how they treat people.
4:39 pm: There is one Singh in Delhi and one in Chhattisgarh, both are doctors. One is doctor of humans and other the doctor of rupees: Modi.
4:38 pm: Modi says that to understand the BJP's work culture, compare the condition of Chhattisgarh with those of Congress-ruled States. When Chhattisgarh was created, people in Madhya Pradesh were celebrating. But on the contrary, Congress's arrogant way of working has ensured that no matter what project they touch, it turns to dust.
3:45 pm: Speaking of Chhattisgarh's Food Bill, Raman Singh says the Bill goes beyond empty gestures and makes provisions for nutrition as well.
3:44 pm: I was afraid and there have been many hindrances in Chhattisgarh's path to progress. But my courage was augmented by my people's courage and the response to the Vikas Yatra has overwhelmed me.
3:40 pm: Raman Singh says that the way he has been welcomed by his sisters in Chhattisgarh, it did not seem like he was their Chief Minister. It seemed as if he is their son and brother. He says he will never let them down.
3:34 pm: Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh speaking now. He says Chhattisgarh is no longer a State that asks for things. It has become a State that gives.
3:28 pm: Chhattisgarh Ministers speaking on stage now of the coming general election and how all BJP karyakartas must devote themselves to the task of winning.
3:15 pm: Among others present at the venue are BJP president Rajnath Singh.
3:10 pm: Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP campaign committee chief Narendra Modi has arrived at Vikas Yatra venue. He will address gathered people shortly.