With this, it is now clear that Modi will have no public programme at Nagpur, where party’s former president Nitin Gadkari is pitted against sitting Congress MP Vilas Muttemwar.
Earlier, it was speculated that a ‘chai pe charcha’ would be held at Nagpur since Modi’s public rally had been scheduled for Wardha. Political grapevine had it that Gadkari didn’t want Modi to have any rally in Nagpur and that he would like to win the election on his own.
Gadkari told The Indian Express that the speculation was totally unfounded. “Modiji’s schedule is very tight and the priority is to meet farmers’ families in Yavatmal, which is the worst farmer suicide-prone district of Vidarbha. He has said that he will give some time to Nagpur later sometime,” he said.
Asked if he is worried that the Muslim votes that he has carefully nurtured over the years might not get cast against his name at the end of the day if Modi campaigned in city, Gadkari said: “There is no such possibility.”
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Modi is set to meet RSS leaders at the organisation’s headquarter here.
Never gave statement against Modi: Ramdev
Nagpur: Yoga guru Ramdev has refuted a newspaper report here quoting him having said at a press conference that Modi was in a hurry to become Prime Minister. In another press conference here on Monday, Ramdev said The Times of India had wrongly reported his statements on Sunday. “If I had said any such thing, would others not have reported? Would the news channels not have run it?” Ramdev asked, seeking a clarification from the newspaper. He also categorically said Modi had his support for PM’s post. “Only Modi can take the country out of the current political and economic crisis,” said Ramdev. Local newspapers had reported on Monday that Ramdev said BJP workers were filled with over-enthusiasm about the elections. On Monday, he also said Kejriwal should fight elections against Rahul Gandhi. “Modi is a patriot and Kejriwal fighting election against him shows how his mind works,” Ramdev said. About Rahul Gandhi’s statement on Modi’s culpability in Gujarat riots, Ramdev said: “He (Rahul) is frustrated that he has lagged miles behind Modi in the race and is hence making such statements.” Ramdev had a lunch with BJP nominee Nitin Gadkari at the latter’s residence on Monday and also campaigned for him for two days. ENS