Thursday was the national capital region’s date with Narendra Modi as he attacked the Congress and the Gandhi family in back-to-back rallies in Ghaziabad and Gurgaon.
BJP PM candidate Narendra Modi addressing an election rally in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh.(HT photo/Ajay Aggarwal)
Accusing the Congress of shifting to “rabid communalism” for votes, a reference to Sonia Gandhi’s meeting with the shahi imam of Delhi’s Jama Masjid, Modi also unleashed a flurry of innuendos at her son Rahul and son-in-law Robert Vadra while also bringing up the issue of cattle slaughter. Read: Modi rakes up 'cow slaughter' at Ghaziabad rally
The NCR goes to polls on April 10.
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“They were troubled as there is no smell of communalism in what Modi is saying... They don’t know how to deal with me. Sensing defeat, they have dropped the slogan of secularism and started rabid communalism. The Congress leader has started speaking the language of rabid communalism,” Modi told nearly 30,000 people near Shipra Mall in Indirapuram, Ghaziabad. “For the Congress, secularism is just an election plank. It refutes my talk of development by bringing up secularism.”
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The vegetarian Modi also warned that the country’s expanding meat industry would lead to its “ruin”. Accusing the Congress-led government of pursuing a “pink revolution”, he said, “If there is no rain in a season, the village economy will be ruined in the absence of cattle. Non-vegetarians have to shell out more money due to the UPA’s obsession with meat export.”
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At the Leisure Valley grounds in Gurgaon, where close to one lakh people had gathered, Modi was back to taunting the Congress vice-president without naming him. “The shehzade keeps pontificating over corruption, but 20,000MW of power plants in the country have been choked for lack of coal supplies. When the Supreme Court asked for the file with records of coal block allocations, the Congress government feigned it had been lost. A file was not lost, India’s life was lost.”
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In a veiled attack on Vadra and his alleged involvement in controversial land deals in Congress-ruled Haryana and in Rajasthan, Modi asked the people who had profited by defrauding gullible farmers in land deals. The crowd, many of them hanging precariously from poles, cried out Vadra’s name.
Earlier, Modi also visited Kurukshetra in Haryana where he said, “I had said the country needs a chowkidar and I will serve like a guard. But shehzade said the country needs 1.25 crore chowkidars. I ask him, will his jijaji (brother-in-law) also be a chowkidar or will he guard the lands of the poor only?”
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