PM Modi targets Congress: Lies being spread to instigate Dalits

Attacking Opposition for their disruption tactics in Parliament, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said they are stalling pro-poor and pro-labour bills.

Written by Arun Janardhanan | Chennai | Updated: February 3, 2016 5:00 am
Modi with MoS Bandaru Dattatreya in Coimbatore. (Source: PTI) Modi with MoS Bandaru Dattatreya in Coimbatore. (Source: PTI)

In his strongest attack on the Congress following the political firestorm over the death of Dalit research scholar Rohith Vemula, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that “lies were being spread in the name of Dalits” and there appeared to be “an orchestrated campaign to instigate the Dalits, the oppressed, the exploited and the deprived” against the government. He also alleged that there was a campaign to “divide society, create rifts and break the country into pieces”.

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Addressing a public rally in Coimbatore, which virtually kicked off his party’s campaign in poll-bound Tamil Nadu, he said, “A canard is being spread that Modi is out to end reservation… I want to make it clear to those spreading lies in the name of reservation, those spreading rumours to try and put the government in the dock by misleading society, that as long as Babasaheb Ambedkar’s name is in the hearts of Indians, nobody can snatch his legacy or end reservation.”

Targeting the Congress, he said his government was pushing through pro-poor policies in Lok Sabha despite obstruction, but in the Rajya Sabha — where the ruling NDA is in minority — there was a “systematic attempt to block” all such initiatives.

He said the Congress was “unable to accept” the fact that the “son of a poor woman, a backward and a deprived” had taken over the reins of the country, and that is why they were targeting his government.

“It angers them that this government is reviving the legacy of Babasaheb Ambedkar, who had been forgotten and whose teachings had been suppressed. When this government announced the celebrations for his 125th birth anniversary, released coins in his name, they thought Modi was going to run Parliament in Babasaheb’s name. To stop the Dalits from rallying behind Modi, they began spreading lies,” he said.

Modi did not talk about state politics, possible alliance partners of the BJP or the Tamil fishermen issue, which Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has raised with him several times since he assumed office. Instead, he chose to focus on his government’s achievements, such as the improvement in the condition of sugarcane farmers, the Make in India initiative and the Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana.

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    Amit
    Feb 2, 2016 at 2:28 pm
    A systematic campaign is running against Modi. 'Coz Congis know that if they let Modi work for 5 years , then they will be out of power for at least 15 years.
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      Aap
      Feb 3, 2016 at 12:39 am
      Your MPs don't show this maturity and understanding. Divide and rule politics was good when most of the people were uneducated. This is not the scene today. Should not have tried.
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        Brahmin.Agenda
        Feb 2, 2016 at 10:43 pm
        MODI IS THE RESPRESENTATIVE OF brahmin douche bags. Let me tell you, you can't even imagine the atrocities that the Brahmins are going to carry out HIDING BEHIND HINDUISM like isis hiding behind Islam. Both brahmins and Isis are COWards from the same region.
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          Namit. sharma
          Feb 2, 2016 at 11:30 pm
          Lies are being spread that Modi is not an international terrorist. He and Nawaz Shariff planned the attack on Patankot Air Base. Now he claims that somebody else did it.
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            George Cruz
            Feb 2, 2016 at 11:15 pm
            Rohith Vemula was actually a brahmin. He was not a Dalit. My intelligence and agents says that he is actually a brahmin. My fellow brahmins, you all agree right.
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              Babu
              Feb 2, 2016 at 11:30 pm
              This guy talk like character less women he was telling lie to dalits that laloo and nitish will take 5% quota from dalits and give it to muslims shameless plug
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                Irfan Khan
                Feb 2, 2016 at 5:16 pm
                Mentally sick joker I think this joker got money from CONGRESS SCAMS haaa... looser
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                  Irfan Khan
                  Feb 2, 2016 at 5:15 pm
                  One more MORON looter
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