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Do not believe in politics of vendetta and witch-hunting: Narendra Modi on Robert Vadra
The Bharatiya Janata Party prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Sunday said that he did not believe in politics of vendetta and witch-hunting of which he had been a “victim” for the last ten years. Modi was responding to a question on how allegations against Robert Vadra
would be dealt with in the event of the BJP coming to power.
Reacting sharply to Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s accusation that his election campaign was a “dangerous combination of religious fanaticism, power and money”, the BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi said, “faced with certain defeat, fighting for its survival it is once again trying to hide in the bunker of secularism.”
“Its last hope is to somehow cross the 100-seat mark which now appears an uphill task for it,” said Modi.
Responding to Sonia’s dig that he was promising to make India a paradise, he said, “I have never claimed that I will make India a paradise and that I have solutions to all problems. I am sure even people do not expect this from me.”
People of India were not looking forward to miracles but “they certainly deserve a stable, decisive and sensitive government,” he said.
Asked about recent attacks on him by Priyanka Gandhi who had accused him of humiliating her family and husband Robert Vadra, the BJP leader said that as a daughter and sister she has a right to campaign for her mother and her brother.
At the same time, nobody was above law and if somebody had done something wrong, the law must take its own course.
Modi was asked if he would reach out to three powerful regional leaders Mamata Banerjee, Jayalalithaa and Mayawati who had been critical of him during the campaign but whose support he may need after the poll results were out.
He replied,” As of now I firmly believe that the BJP with its pre-poll NDA partners is going to get the required numbers to form a government at the Centre. You must keep in mind that we already have a big and powerful alliance of more than 25 partners.
“We are sure that we will get the numbers to run the government. However, we will need everyone’s support and cooperation to run the country.”
Modi attacked recent moves by the Congress for an OBC quota for backward Muslims and said that this was nothing but a “last ditch effort” to indulge in “vote bank politics and politics of appeasement on the eve of elections”.
The Congress was making such a promise knowing fully well that they cannot implement it, he said, adding, “I must also say that it exposes the true ‘secular’ character of the party which aims to garner votes on the basis of religion.”
Asked if he subscribed to the view that the current election campaign was the most polarised one in India’s democratic history, Modi said that he agreed “in a way” that it is a polarised election but “the polarisation is of a different kind this time”.
He said, “polarisation is inherent in a democracy. It is natural for …continued »