Raising the issue of atrocities against women, BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi launched a scathing attack on the Congress at a poll rally in Chandrapur on Friday. Modi said “tandoor se Latur tak” Congress has a history (of atroricities against women) that the country hasn’t forgotten. He also raising the issue of a senior party leader’s alleged quid pro quo deal with Naxals for votes.
Addressing the rally for Chandrapur candidate Hansraj Ahir and Gadchiroli-Chimur candidate Ashok Nete, Modi questioned Congress chief Sonia Gandhi about the crime figures showing that of the top 10 states with worst anti-women crime seven are ruled by the Congress.
“None of those 10 states are ruled by the BJP or friendly parties,” he added.
Modi raised the issue of a woman Congress worker, who was found dead after attending a party organised by former CM Vilasrao Deshmukh’s son Amit at Latur recently. “Some Youth Congress workers were arrested by the police in the case. If women aren’t safe under your own partymen, how will you protect them from others,” Modi asked, adding, “the country hasn’t forgotten your record from Tandoor to Latur.” He also asked Sonia why the Rs 1,000-crore Nirbhaya Fund for women’s safety has remained unspent.
Modi began his speech referring to a newspaper report (that appeared in Loksatta on Friday) that spoke of a “senior Congress leader” talking to Naxals for electoral support promising them that security forces would be withdrawn from Naxal areas as a return gesture.
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“The Congress is trying to compromise with country’s security to secure votes. This is a very serious issue. The UPA government is divided within itself on the issue of how to deal with the Maoists,” Modi said.