Modi asks people to ‘punish’ those who betrayed Telengana cause

Seeking to woo voters in the name of the Telangana cause,Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday asked the people to “pick and punish” all those who had "betrayed” them over the creation of a separate state.

Written by Press Trust Of India | Hyderabad | Published:February 22, 2009 1:05 am

Seeking to woo voters in the name of the Telangana cause,Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday asked the people to “pick and punish” all those who had “betrayed” them over the creation of a separate state.

He kicked off the party campaign at a public meeting in Karimnagar by greeting the people in Telugu: “Naa priyamaina Telangana prajalaku namaskaramulu. Mee andariki naa haardhika subhakankshalu (my dear people of Telangana,good evening. My warm wishes to you all).”

He said: “Jin jin logon ne Telangana ke saath gaddari ki hai,unhe chun chunke sajaa dena (Those who have betrayed the cause of Telangana,pick and punish them).”

Without naming the Congress,Modi accused the Sonia Gandhi-led government of deceiving the people of Telangana on the promise of carving out a separate state.

“I am coming from the land of Sardar Vallabhai Patel,and L K Advani has promised to create Telangana in 100 days if the NDA comes to power. I have no doubt that the NDA will be voted back at the Centre and Telangana will become a reality in 100 days,” Modi said.

He wound up his speech by saying “Jai Telangana” and asked the people to raise the same slogan. He repeated the slogan thrice and told the people to be shrill so that the Centre is “shaken”. BJP state chief Bandaru Dattatreya,former Union minister Ch Vidyasagar Rao,former BJP president Bangaru Laxman and other senior leaders were present at the meeting.

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