‘Chai wala’ Modi sips tea, promises to bring black money back if he becomes PM

Ahmedabad | Updated: February 13, 2014 1:37 am

Milking ‘chai wala’ barb against him for all its worth, Narendra Modi sipped tea at ease as he interacted with the common man across 1000 places through video, attacking Congress over governance and black money, which he promised to bring back after becoming prime minister.

The BJP’s prime ministerial nominee, who has made senior Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar’s jibe at his humble origin, when he sold tea with his father, a political weapon to hit out at Congress while connecting with the masses, likened bad governance to diabetes which drains a nation of its vitality.

Dubbing black money as a “national worry”, Modi said he was committed to bringing it back from tax havens abroad, “which no other government can do” and distribute a portion of it among the salaried people who honestly paid their taxes.

“No matter how strong the body is, once it’s afflicted by diabetes, it begins to host multiple diseases. Bad governance is like diabetes. Corruption sets in, there is no development and people are condemned to suffer,” he said in an interface with common people as part of his “Chai Pe Charcha” programme.

Taking time off his high-pitched rallies, Modi castigated Congress at leisure over governance, saying “When a country of a hundred and twentyfive crore people loses faith in its elected government, how can the nation run? Mahatma Gandhi gave us Swaraj (self rule) but we could not bring Suraj (good governance).”

Responding to a question, the BJP leader dubbed accumulation of black money as an “anti-national” activity and vowed to bring it back from tax havens abroad even if it required amending existing laws and enacting new ones.

“The whole country is worried over black money. Black money is anti-national activity. We will set up a task force which will give it recommendations about how to bring it back. If required, law will be amended and new ones enacted. I am committed to do this because this money belongs to the poor people of India,” he said.

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First Published on: February 12, 2014 6:37 pm
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    atul sharma
    Feb 12, 2014 at 5:27 pm
    @rajkumar you forgot to say corruption in Gujrat , MP and chattisgarh . Get a grip on yourself Modi has performed well and dy was never under modi at any time
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      atul sharma
      Feb 12, 2014 at 5:27 pm
      @rajkumar you forgot to say corruption in Gujrat , MP and chattisgarh . Get a grip on yourself Modi has performed well and dy was never under modi at any time
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        Balan
        Feb 12, 2014 at 2:16 pm
        Great event. Mani must be regretting opening his stupid mouth!
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          Praveen
          Feb 12, 2014 at 4:56 pm
          Humble request to all the people who r reading the article here ....Please attend one of the events it is so much better and you get much better sense than what you get in the article.
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            Praveen
            Feb 12, 2014 at 4:56 pm
            Humble request to all the people who r reading the article here ....Please attend one of the events it is so much better and you get much better sense than what you get in the article.
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              Bolefatafat
              Feb 12, 2014 at 8:50 pm
              The low level to which national debate has sunk,of late,indicates something is wrong somewhere! Unrestricted and untested entry into politics is the villain of the piece!"Politics" literally means matters pertaining to the governance of a State!But,now a days,its decadence has led it to be identified as "political activities characterised by artful and dishonest practices"!Leaders vie with one another to take the gullible supporters on a ride in a "roller-coaster"! One leader has respect for nothing save his "adamant wish" and another is groping his way saying and doing too many things too fast!It is time the enlightened public call these reprehensible and sordid developments to a halt!
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                Bolefatafat
                Feb 12, 2014 at 8:50 pm
                The low level to which national debate has sunk,of late,indicates something is wrong somewhere! Unrestricted and untested entry into politics is the villain of the piece!"Politics" literally means matters pertaining to the governance of a State!But,now a days,its decadence has led it to be identified as "political activities characterised by artful and dishonest practices"!Leaders vie with one another to take the gullible supporters on a ride in a "roller-coaster"! One leader has respect for nothing save his "adamant wish" and another is groping his way saying and doing too many things too fast!It is time the enlightened public call these reprehensible and sordid developments to a halt!
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                  jodharora
                  Feb 12, 2014 at 4:33 pm
                  Modi ji, people remembered your tea-cup delivery. They forgot your great job as RSS worker, sangsqarchalak andthen CM of Gujarat. They forgot that you are great Mr. Tolia, what is happening to oil and Khal, the solid extractafter you squeezed it all oil. Please comment.
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                    jodharora
                    Feb 12, 2014 at 4:33 pm
                    Modi ji, people remembered your tea-cup delivery. They forgot your great job as RSS worker, sangsqarchalak andthen CM of Gujarat. They forgot that you are great Mr. Tolia, what is happening to oil and Khal, the solid extractafter you squeezed it all oil. Please comment.
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                      Joseph R Stephen
                      Feb 12, 2014 at 2:53 pm
                      Come on no jokes Mr Modi.First ask your Karanataka ex ministers , dy and MLAs to uload the thousands of crores looted from the mines.Corruption was the name for BJP in karanataka.Pronography was the name for BJP in karanataka.We want a change. But be honest with people of India. We are tired of running from Lion to crocodile and back.
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                        Mahi Kumari
                        Feb 13, 2014 at 7:08 am
                        India's Election commission should take action against him for offer indirect bribe to voters. NaMo should stop his drama over tea party, he wasting public money in own publicity, now tomorrow he sell Samosa & Pakora's with tea.
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                          Mahi Kumari
                          Feb 13, 2014 at 7:08 am
                          India's Election commission should take action against him for offer indirect bribe to voters. NaMo should stop his drama over tea party, he wasting public money in own publicity, now tomorrow he sell Samosa & Pakora's with tea.
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                            Mahi Kumari
                            Feb 13, 2014 at 7:08 am
                            Nation need young leader like Rahul hi. what ever NaMo plays drama, its for a short time only... because people are fed up he may win, not bcos of his good work, but bcos of no choice...people in india between satan and sea...both are same...
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                              Mahi Kumari
                              Feb 13, 2014 at 7:08 am
                              Rahul's Congress party is the right choice for Nation. NaMo has lost the plot. Why is he so bent on cashing on the image of Chaiwala.. Naming the discussion also on "Chai". The Nation is getting fooled by this gimmick, people must choose wisely. If they want stability and secularism in the nation.
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                                Mahi Kumari
                                Feb 13, 2014 at 7:08 am
                                Rahul's Congress party is the right choice for Nation. NaMo has lost the plot. Why is he so bent on cashing on the image of Chaiwala.. Naming the discussion also on "Chai". The Nation is getting fooled by this gimmick, people must choose wisely. If they want stability and secularism in the nation.
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                                  Mahi Kumari
                                  Feb 13, 2014 at 7:08 am
                                  The young leader Rahul hi is the right choice for the Nation. NaMo is trying his best to cash in on the image of Chaiwala.. Naming the discussion also on "Chai".. . what is all this joke.. The Nation is getting fooled by this gimmick, people must choose wisely. If they want stability and secularism in the nation.
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                                    amar
                                    Feb 12, 2014 at 10:48 pm
                                    This is the way to go.Modi in honest , effecient.We can trust him. He has showed his can deliver good governance.
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