Narendra Modi tears into Salman Khurshid over ‘SC, EC remark’

Modi said that instead of taking pride in the efficiency of the Election Commission, Khurshid heaps abuse on it.

Written by Debabrata Mohanty | Sambalpur | Published:March 14, 2014 5:47 pm
Narendra Modi said that Congress should now be renamed as Institution Neglecting Congress for its attempts in denigrating the image of Constitutional bodies. (PTI) Narendra Modi said that Congress should now be renamed as Institution Neglecting Congress for its attempts in denigrating the image of Constitutional bodies. (PTI)

Days after External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid called BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi “impotent”, the Gujarat chief minister on Friday slammed the minister over his comments on Election Commission and Supreme Court, saying he has “lowered the image of the country.”

Addressing a Vijay Sankalp Samavesh rally at the western Orissa town of Sambalpur this afternoon, Modi said he was shocked and wondered which country was Khurshid representing during his speech at London’s School of Oriental and African Studies. “Instead of taking pride in the efficiency of the Election Commission, he says the Election Commission is not letting them speak, says only three people are taking decisions. He also damaged the reputation of the Supreme Court in his speech,” said Modi.

The BJP leader said Congress should now be renamed as Institution Neglecting Congress for its attempts in denigrating the image of Constitutional bodies like EC and SC.

In his speech at School of Oriental and African Studies on Wednesday night, Khurshid said the Election Commission’s Model Code of Conduct made it difficult for parties to win elections. Khurshid said the EC’s model code of conduct made it mandatory that the party’s manifesto must be certain that it does not offer the building of roads, because promise of building roads distorts democratic decision-making.

Modi said it was a matter of pride that EC was able to hold free and fair election in a vast country like India and could declare results on a single day whereas US took several days to count its votes. “But instead of praising EC, Khurshid heaps abuse on it. He is doing all this to find excuses for impending electoral defeat of Congress,” Modi said. “All that Congress has done in these years is misuse, abuse and reduce the Constitutional bodies.”

Modi questioned the UPA’s delay in bringing Food Security Act. “Everybody has a stomach, everybody gets hungry. But they remembered after 60 years that they needed a law on food. For 60 years, they did not get to know that the poor are dying of hunger,” he said. Taking digs at unfulfilled electoral promises of Congress, Modi said after hoodwinking people all these years, the party  is now reduced to spraying peppers in Parliament. Without naming AAP and other regional parties,  Modi said they never talk of inflation, corruption or employment. “Their only agenda is Modi ko roko, Modi ko roko. You have to tell them your vote would be for a developing India,” he said.

Targeting Orissa Chief Minister, Modi said Naveen Patnaik had no time for the people of his state. “Do you have any hope from your chief minister? Is he of any use? Does he have time for you? Then why should I waste my time on him? If someone does not work despite such a huge mandate, we do not need such a specimen in Delhi,” he said.

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    Piyush Rana
    Mar 14, 2014 at 12:35 pm
    Bhartiya Janta Party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is targeting only hi's from the start of his political campaign. In Odisha he is talking of a leader who may not even be known to Odians themselves. Mr Modi be more realistic and speak the reality about your state, about the mal nutrition spread in your state.
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    Piyush Rana
    Mar 14, 2014 at 12:37 pm
    Can NDA's PM candidate Narendra Modi swear that he will adhere to secularism? Now don't tarnish secularism by calling pseudo secularism. Secularism is the religion and lifeline of india, if he want swear by that. He should not be considered for PM or even MP post.
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    Piyush Rana
    Mar 14, 2014 at 12:36 pm
    Country's Youth icon Rahul hi is a very honest, liberal and secular politician. there is nothing negative to talk against him. he is MP of amethi for last 10 years and don't have corruption charge against him.
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    Piyush Rana
    Mar 14, 2014 at 12:34 pm
    Country's Youth icon Rahul hi is with heroines like Nagma and Vijayashanthi. and probably he is going to get another heroine in the form of sharmila tagore. This itself shows the difference between the pretenders and the real leader. Unlike Modi who is in the same party which has item girls and Kejriwal who is an item girl himself.
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    Piyush Rana
    Mar 14, 2014 at 12:35 pm
    Country's Youth icon Rahul hi should employ Nielsen to determine what per public opinion, Congress should do long term to fix its issues. Rahul hi should focus on finding right candidates for long term. So instead of focusing energy on 2014 elections.
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    Piyush Rana
    Mar 14, 2014 at 12:35 pm
    Feku's Bhartiya Janta Party never won any embly election in Odisha. they have never formed a govt in Odisha. there rallies in Odisha are useless. they can't win more then 5 seats in Odisha. BJP is very weak in Odisha.
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    Piyush Rana
    Mar 14, 2014 at 12:35 pm
    It is MMS's UPA that is taking up the naxal menace in Chattisgarh seriously. They want to solve the problem with solutions. The BJP govt of Chattisgarh has totally mishandled the Maoists. They have actually converted our own countrymen into enemies. Chhatisgarh govt has been unable to solve this long standing problem.
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    Piyush Rana
    Mar 14, 2014 at 12:35 pm
    Manmohan's UPA believes that the energy of the young leaders has to be synced with the experience of the veteran leaders in order to take the party forward. The BJP on the other hand lacks managerial and administrative skills. Rahul hi works sincerely. He is not like Modi who would attack politicians without any substantial material.
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