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Modi hits home turf with fresh onslaught on Cong

Chief Minister Narendra Modi started the Gujarat stretch of his Lok Sabha campaign by taking on the Congress over the 1962 Indo-China War in his reply to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s rally at Balasinor town in the Panchmahals Lok Sabha constituency seat.

Written by Express News Service | Vadodara |
April 15, 2009 2:46:51 am

Stung by Manmohan’s diatribe on Kandahar failure,reminds him of ‘62 China war ‘fiasco’

Chief Minister Narendra Modi started the Gujarat stretch of his Lok Sabha campaign by taking on the Congress over the 1962 Indo-China War in his reply to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s rally at Balasinor town in the Panchmahals Lok Sabha constituency seat.

The PM and other Congress leaders have attacked BJP’s prime ministerial candidate L K Advani over the Kandahar episode. Modi said: “What was the Congress doing during the Indo-China War of 1962? I want to ask the Prime Minister,who is saying that Advani was sopping his hands during Kandahar,what was the Congress doing with their hands then? Today also thousands and thousands of acres of Indian territory is with China.”

He said the Prime Minister has also knelt before Pakistan,which occupies half of Kashmir even now. “Even today half of Kashmir is occupied by Pakistan. What kind of strength does it show? I want to ask if the Prime Minister is kneeling down due to the helplessness of the Congress or is it his habit?”

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Modi also raised security issues over Charar-E-Sharif,Rubaiya kidnapping case and the 26/11 attack.

He also thanked Advani for starting the debate on majboor (helpless) and majboot (strong),citing the Bangladesh War of 1971. He said 90,000 soldiers of the Pakistan Army were given safe passage by the then Indira Gandhi government.

He also raked up the issue of Sonia Gandhi’s foreign origin while referring to her comment that India is facing more threat from insiders than outsiders.

“The UPA government has recently said that 30 Taliban terrorists have infiltrated into India through Kashmir. So now I would like to ask Soniaji,are these insiders or outsiders?” he said. “Soniaji’s mother-in-law,the late Indira Gandhi always used to say that there was a foreign hand whenever something happened in India. She does not belong to this land,but after staying here for the last 30 years,she should have respected the country,” Modi said.

With an eye on the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe votes,Modi also took on the UPA government over giving reservations to Muslims,on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Bhimrao Ambedkar. He said such a move would go against the Constitution.

“As per our Constitution,50 per cent reservation has been sealed. Now,when the Congress wants to give reservations to Muslims,they will have to take some per cent from the SC quota,some from the ST and some of the OBC quotas. The Congress would take away from the backward castes what Babasaheb Ambedkar gave to them,” Modi said.

‘A jail that can hold Modi yet to be built’
Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday took a dig at Science and Technology Minister Kapil Sibal for asking him to be prepared to go to jail for speaking “nonsense” about the Congress.

“My dear friends in the Congress,a jail that can hold Modi is yet to be built. I would like to tell the Congress people that they have dialled a wrong number. Are you trying to threaten me? Keep the doors of all jails in India open and take me whenever you want. My address is known to all,” Modi said at an election gathering here in response to Sibal’s remarks.

The state BJP unit has already launched a complaint with the Election Commission against Sibal’s remarks.

“By making outrageous remarks against Modi,Sibal tried to prove that the Congress runs the judiciary in the country,” the BJP said in its complaint. The Election Commission is yet to take action on the complaint filed two days ago.

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