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In Karnataka, Narendra Modi targets UPA’s Aadhaar, RTI; In Kerala, slams Antony

The BJP’s prime ministerial candidate promised to create jobs for youth.

Bangalore | Updated: April 9, 2014 7:28:10 am

Campaigning for the BJP in Karnataka, Narendra Modi on Tuesday targeted the Congress-led UPA government for promising 10 crore jobs in its 2014 manifesto and targeted its popular schemes, including Aadhaar Unique Identification card, MNREGS and RTI.

He said the Congress was fooling people by repeating its failed promise of creating 10 crore jobs, whcih it made in the 2004 and 2009 manifestos.

The BJP’s prime ministerial candidate promised to create jobs for youth.

Modi attacked rural employment guarantee scheme MNREGS saying it served to fill the pocket of Congress. He said the Right to Information (RTI) which Congress was flaunting had not filled anyone’s stomach.

In Bangalore, Modi targeted former UIDAI chief Nandan Nilekani, without naming him, for the Aadhaar card scheme. Nilekani is the Congress candidate from Bangalore South. Modi questioned the wisdom of spending crores on Aadhaar without addressing issues of national and border security he had raised in the past on Aadhaar and which were not answered by central government officials.

Modi said, “They have a person who has 1000 crore but no Aadhaar. They made him candidate. He must answer what has been done with hundreds of crores of rupees meant for Aadhaar card. In the end the Supreme Court had to intervene.’’

“At the National Security Council meeting, I asked the Prime Minister to study questions I raised on Aadhaar. I said the scheme would not work if questions are not addressed,’’ he claimed.

Modi also campaigned for his biographer Pratap Simha making his political debut as Mysore Lok Sabha candidate.

Addressing rural population in Koppal and Bagalkot districts he said MNREGS had served to “fill the pocket of Congress.”

Modi said, “Has RTI given you something to eat? The black money stashed away, has it come back? In 2G scam, crores of rupees have been gobbled up. Has that booty come back?’’

Kasargode: Claiming that the Congress had failed to curb terrorism contrary to its promise made in earlier manifestos, Narendra Modi Tuesday called the latest Congress poll manifesto a “paper of betrayal”.

Addressing a rally here, Modi said, “In 2004 and 2009, Congress promised to fight terrorism. But the party did not take strong action against terrorism. To what extent you (Congress) were sincere about promises in the manifesto? In 2004 and 2009, your manifesto promised to strengthen the defence forces, but do security forces in the country have enough equipment?’’

Taking on Defence Minister A K Antony, who is leading the Congress campaign in Kerala, Modi said, “Antony, do you know 97 per cent of weapons and planes with the Air Force are outdated?”

He said Antony should explain how the coastline would be safeguarded when submarines are lost in accidents and the Navy chief has himself quit office. “What explanation can Antony give for the huge loss from the naval tragedies?” he asked.

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