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Vadra a land-grabber, Rahul a spectator: Modi

HT Correspondents, Hindustan Times  Jayal (Nagaur)/Jhajjar, April 08, 2014
First Published: 00:48 IST(8/4/2014) | Last Updated: 00:57 IST(8/4/2014)

Launching a fierce attack on the Gandhi family yet again, BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi minced no words in calling their ‘damaad’, a land-grabber. Blatantly accusing Robert Vadra of duping farmers, he said, “If in Haryana, it is the father-son (Bhupinder Hooda and son) duo who are doing business, in Delhi, it is the mother-son duo. As if it was not enough, the son-in-law (Vadra) has also entered the scene.”

Addressing rallies in Jhajjar (Haryana) and Jayal in Rajasthan, Modi slammed the Congress government in the state as well as at the Centre for taking farmers for a ride and “usurping” their land and selling it off at “dirt-cheap” prices. He said the slogan ‘Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan’ had lost its  significance in India as farmers are committing suicide and soldiers losing their lives on the border have to face the ignominy of the enemy taking away their heads.

Jayal, traditionally a Congress stronghold saw a decent turnout for the rally. Chants of ‘Har har Modi’ echoed as people waited for more than three hours for the Gujarat CM to arrive. Modi, who was in New Delhi earlier to release the party’s manifesto, continued with his Congress bashing. “Only a stable government can answer to the threats to our country. With summers round the corner, people will make travel plans but don’t forget to vote,” he urged.

Later addressing a public meeting in Ratkudia village in Pali district, Modi once attacked Vadra. “While Gujarat has become a hub for solar power, Rajasthan has become a hub for ‘son-in-law power’. We have heard of thermal, nuclear, hydro, wind, solar power but in Rajasthan we heard of son-in-law power,” he remarked.

Modi also targeted the Congress, questioning its efforts to curb rising prices, provide employment and basic facilities like water, electricity and roads.

“Rahul Gandhi behaves like he has come from Mars and having a good time under his mother’s rule. The exit of the Congress is imminent; Bharat ko dum wali sarkar chaihiye dama wali sarkar nahi. (India needs a strong government not a feeble one), he said.

Attempting to lure youths in Jhajjar, he said the Delhi government has failed to keep a check on drug trafficking from border areas, which has resulted in youth taking on to drugs. He promised to set up a right example of development in the state.

Modi went on to predict Congress’ poor performance in Haryana saying it won’t win a single seat in the state. With first phase of polls kicking off, he urged people to vote in favour of the saffron party.


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