Prime Minister has kick-started the BJP’s campaign in Assam by addressing a rally in Tinsukia on Saturday.
Addressing the crowd, the prime minister recounted his past as a tea-seller.
He said, “When I was a tea-seller, it was Assam tea I sold which refreshed people, I owe a debt to Assam for that. Yahi to chai hai jis chai ne duniya bhar mein Hindustan ke prati chaah paida kar di hai. Hamare chai bagan mein kaam karne wale logon ne chai ki chuski lete lete Hindustan ke logon mein urjaa bharne ka kaam kiya hai.”
He added, “Mere teen agenda hain-Vikas, Tez gati se vikaas and Chaaro taraf vikaas. Situation in Assam will change if three things are done- education to poorest, income to youths and medicines to old.
“Assam was one of the most prosperous states at the time of independence. Today, it is one of the poorest. There are many villages in Assam which don’t even have electric poles.”
He said his fight was not against the chief minister Tarun Gogoi but against corruption.
He added, “My fight is not against CM Tarun Gogoi ji, my fight is against poverty and corruption. But this is surely going to benefit Assam. There is one wave in Assam, one Anand in Assam and that is ‘Sarbanand’.”
Modi, famous for using alliterations and one-liners in his public speeches, had famously used another tea analogy (Brooke Bond) while addressing a crowd at London’s Wembley Stadium in November last year.
He had said, “When you think of a Bond, you think of Brooke Bond. If James Bond gives you entertainment, Brooke Bond refreshes you.”
Modi has also been known to use personal anecdotes in his election speeches to connect with the people of the concerned states.
One of his most used lines has been to describe the poll-bound state his second home.
During Haryana assembly elections: “Haryana is like my second home. I got my political learning from this land.”
In 2013, while addressing a rally in Mumbai, Modi called the Maxim city his ‘second home.’: “Mumbai is my second home, Gujarati language’s second home is Maharashtra.”
In 2012, while addressing election rally in Himachal Pradesh, Modi said, “Himachal is my second home after Gujarat. I would have loved to visit the state more in this poll season had it not been for elections in Gujarat.”
This became subject of joke on social media with many users mocking him for calling at least three states his second homes.
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During his election rallies in the past, he also promised to make several states number 1. These states included Jharkhand, Haryana, Assam, Maharashtra and Bihar. This also earned him ridicule on social media platforms.