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Modi’s rally strong message against minorities: Bajwa

Punjab Congress president Partap Singh Bajwa on Sunday accused Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi of fanning communal hatred and working against the interest of minority communities.

Punjab Congress president Partap Singh Bajwa on Sunday accused Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi of fanning communal hatred and working against the interest of minority communities.

Reacting to Modi’s rally at Madhopur,Bajwa said holding the rally on border of Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir was deliberate and a strong message against the minority communities. “Both the states have minority populations and the rally venue was aimed at communal polarisation. Punjab had already faced a long spell of communal disturbance and J&K is still facing communal strife. Modi proved he is the fountainhead of communal hatred and has no agenda for development of the nation. He is desperate to become the prime minister at the cost of unity and integrity of country,” he said in a statement.

Slamming the SAD-BJP alliance in Punjab,Bajwa said both SAD and BJP are two sides of same coin. “They have a common agenda to grab power by hook or crook. The interests of Sikhs and other minority communities are not safe in the hands of this alliance,which is an opportunist arrangement,” said Bajwa.

He added: “Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal,who addressed the BJP rally,should get Modi’s magic wand of development and try it in Punjab where SAD-BJP alliance had pushed the state from first to 12th rank on economic indicators. The NDA had lost its relevance after most of its partners have left the alliance. SAD and Shiv Sena are the only two parties supporting BJP and all three are based on communal agenda.”

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Questioning the sanctity of the SAD-BJP alliance,Bajwa said SAD was opposed to the construction of peace memorial for the 25,000 innocents killed during terrorism days in Punjab while the BJP has failed to take a decisive stand on the issue. He also accused Modi of shedding “crocodile tears” for victims of Uttarakhand flash floods.

First published on: 24-06-2013 at 03:59 IST
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