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Amarinder hits out at Modi, terms him divisive figure

PTI  Amritsar, April 21, 2014
First Published: 22:15 IST(21/4/2014) | Last Updated: 22:21 IST(21/4/2014)
Congress candidate Amarinder Singh on Monday said BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi was "divisive figure" whom people of the state, and particularly of the city, will never approve of his worldview.


Referring to Modi's proposed visit to Amritsar on April 25 to campaign for BJP candidate Arun Jaitley, Singh said "Modi is not the first person to campaign for Jaitley and nor is he going to be the last one".

He pointed out that a number of people with higher glamour quotient than Modi have been campaigning for Jaitley but "glamour may grab the attention of voters for a while but it does not get you votes".

Singh also questioned Modi about his commitment that he had made in Jagraon rally on February 23, that no Punjabi farmer will be disturbed from Gujarat.

"Modi seems to have forgotten the commitment that very moment, apparently due to low turnout in his rally, as his government was yet to withdraw the appeal against the farmers in the Supreme Court," he said.

The former Punjab Chief Minister also said that Modi had got the feel of things in Punjab on February 23 itself when his rally in Jagraon witnessed an abysmally low turnout.

"That is because people of Punjab believe in secular and progressive values. On the other hand Modi was preaching a worldview which is 'sectarian and divisive' and can take India back by years," he remarked.

Attacking Modi, he said that had he been sincere about his commitment he would immediately have initiated the move and asked his officials to withdraw the appeal against the Gujarat High Court decision that favours the Punjabi farmers.

Meanwhile, taking on his rival Arun Jaitley, he said "desperate" Saffron party candidate was resorting to lies and misinformation campaign for which his party was notorious for.

He questioned the BJP candidate as how could he blame him for the decision to impose property tax in Punjab, which was taken by his SAD-BJP alliance government in Punjab in 2013, seven years after he had completed his term.

He reiterated that his government had refused the proposal to impose property tax in the state, way back in 2006.
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