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HindustanTimes Sat,23 Aug 2014

Modi mounts assault on Dravidian parties

KV Lakshmana, Hindustan Times  Coimbatore/Erode, April 18, 2014
First Published: 00:18 IST(18/4/2014) | Last Updated: 10:44 IST(18/4/2014)

BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi wound up his campaign in Tamil Nadu on Thursday injecting a huge dose of adrenaline to the six-party BJP-led front in the state. In his final leg of meetings in the state, he said, “Erode can be the textile heaven of the country”.

Particularly happy with Modi’s presence were the BJP’s key allies – the PMK, the DMDK and MDMK – as he addressed meetings at three constituencies where these parties had fielded candidates.

At his Krishnagiri meeting on Wednesday the PMK paraded all its eight candidates. At Salem, the DMDK lined up its 14 nominees while at Erode it was MDMK’s turn to present its contestants along with Modi.

Modi is the first political leader posing a serious challenge to the two Dravidian parties in four decades since the Congress was edged out of power in the state in 1967.

Not only Modi has caught the imagination of the people in Tamil Nadu, who grew up on generous dosage of Dravidian politics, he has also successfully enlisted the support of Tamil superstar Rajinikanth and younger youth icon actor Vijay.

“Modi’s speech in Coimbatore will not only help me win but also have seismic impact in neighbouring constituencies of Pollachi and Tiruppur,” said BJP Coimbatore candidate CP Radhakrishnan.

Meanwhile Tamil Nadu chief minister and AIADMK supremo  Jayalalithaa retaliated to Modi’s barbs against her government dubbing Gujarat model a hyped up marketing myth, union finance minister replied to Modi barb of “recounting minister” by describing Modi as an “encounter chief minister.

The Congress charge against Modi was taken up by union minister Shashi Tharoor in Chennai he said “the BJP is behaving like as if it had already formed the government.”


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