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Modi hits campaign trail in city

delhi Updated: Nov 25, 2008 23:44 IST
Moushumi Das Gupta
Moushumi Das Gupta
Hindustan Times
Narendra Modi

Braving the heavy traffic and a not so cooperative city government — which withdrew permission for two of his roadshow at the eleventh hour —BJP’s mascot and Gujarat chief minister, Narendra Modi, hit the campaign trail in the Capital.

After missing two of his roadshows on Tuesday, Modi finally managed to reach Greater Kailash to address a rally at BJP chief minister candidate VK Malhotra’s constituency. He later addressed a few more rallies in east Delhi.

Accusing Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit of intentionally sabotaging the BJP’s campaign, Modi said, “Few months ago I had met Sheila Dikshit and she told me not to come here to campaign. At that time I thought she was joking but today I realised she was very serious. It’s really surprising. Does democracy run like this”?

The Gujarat CM held the Congress government in the city responsible for the deteriorating law and order situation. “Delhi is the National Capital but nobody is safe here – neither senior citizens nor women. It is a real shame,” he said.

Modi also blamed the UPA government at the Centre for the repeated terror attacks in Delhi as well as across the country. “I informed the Prime Minister and the Home Minister when I met them that the terrorist arrested in the Ahmedabad blast had said during their interrogation that Delhi is in the hit list. But even this did not move to Centre to action,” he said.

Blaming the Congress for using terrorism for vote bank politics, Modi said while on one hand investigations in Malegaon is being deliberately carried out in a shoddy manner, on the other hand despite a brave police officer losing his life in Batla house encounter in Delhi, the authorities are trying to shield terrorist.

Taking a dig at Union home minister Shivraj Patil, he said, “Our home minister was busy doing fashion parade when bomb blasts rocked the Capital.”