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Namo turns on Hindutva heat

Vikas Pathak, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, July 16, 2013
First Published: 00:35 IST(16/7/2013) | Last Updated: 00:37 IST(16/7/2013)

His party seemed intent on making corruption and inflation the main election issues but Narendra Modi is showing clear signs that he prefers religious polarisation as a poll tactic.

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Two back-to-back statements  - the "puppy" remark that seemed to trivialise the killings of Muslims in Gujarat in 2002 and the deliberate reference to the "burqa" of the Congress' secularism - have ratcheted up the heat in a matter of days.

With this, the BJP seems headed back to its early 1990s' pitch, where polarisation led to poll performance.

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