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Ahead of polling,Modi show of strength on Gehlot turf

Modi alleged that power supply in Rajasthan is such a rarity.

Written by Sweta Dutta | Jodhpur | November 30, 2013 12:36:46 am

As the sun set on the last day of electioneering in poll-bound Rajasthan,BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi turned the heat on in Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s home turf in Sardarpura,Jodhpur. Even as Gehlot was out doorbelling in his home constituency,Modi drew an estimated crowd of one lakh party workers from the district that went into raptures throughout the 50-minute speech he delivered barely an hour before the campaigning deadline ended Friday.

Modi,who was campaigning for local candidates in the district,might have got the name of the BJP contestant from Sardarpura wrong several times,calling Shambhu Singh Khetasar ‘Shambhu Nath’,but the spirit was not lost and the crowd gave Khetasar an overwhelming applause.

Modi mocked and jeered at the UPA government,slamming ‘Madam,Shehzada,Gehlot’ and also attacked Finance Minister P Chidambaram and Law Minister Kapil Sibal. “The government is out to plunder your mangalsutra. The Finance Minister attributes inflation to buying gold. I am not as educated as him. I am here after selling tea and was born to a poor mother but I know that inflation is not because of buying gold but due to corruption.”

Raising the coal block allocation scandal,Modi asked the women in the crowd,“Would you lock up coal in your house? Don’t you leave coal unattended outside your houses and even beggars do not steal it. But look at the UPA government. They stole coal and now they are telling the Supreme Court that the files are missing. I say the files are not missing,the government in Delhi is missing.”

Pointing out the shortcomings of the Gehlot government,Modi said,“There are four check points on the Gujarat-Rajasthan border and the same number of vehicles cross the check points on either side but while Rajasthan earns a revenue of Rs 532 crore,Gujarat draws Rs 1,300 crore from them. Where does the money go in Rajasthan? Yes,into the leaders’ pockets.”

Modi alleged that power supply in Rajasthan is such a rarity that if for a brief while there is electricity it becomes news. He claimed that when he took over as Chief Minister in Gujarat people requested him for power supply at least during dinner but over the years he provided 24×7 power. “Rajasthan has a 20,000 MW power plant which has been lying shut but if it is opened up it can light up the entire state.”

Earlier in the day,in Sumerpur,Modi blamed the UPA government for creating a rift between states that has affected water sharing. He said the desert state could have drawn more water from the Narmada but for the petty politics of the Centre Rajasthan has remained deprived of water. In Pokharan near Jaisalmer,one of the most sparsely populated regions of the state,about one lakh supporters turned up to listen to Modi.

Cong moves EC over Modi ‘poison’ remark

EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE

NEW DELHI,NOVEMBER 29

The Congress has approached the Election Commission once again with a complaint against BJP’s prime ministerial face Narendra Modi. It demanded “stern action” against Modi for his remarks that the Congress “spreads poison”,a statement which it claimed was a violation of the model code of conduct.

The Congress appears to be encouraged by the poll panel taking objection to Modi’s “khooni panja” barb at it earlier this month and its direction to him to be more careful in his public discourse. In its fresh complaint,the Congress said Modi it seems has “not learnt any lesson”.

The Congress complaint sent by AICC legal department secretary K C Mittal referred to Modi’s November 25 speech in Rajasthan in which he had said that no other party except the Congress can “spread poison” since it was the Congress which enjoyed the poison of power for the maximum time. Modi prefaced his remark by stating that Rahul Gandhi had once recalled that his mother Sonia Gandhi had compared power to poison. “The statement made Modi would show that he was speaking out of context by distorting the facts to play to the public gallery. It is submitted that such statements are an impediment in conduct of fair and proper election and are not permissible in public discourse,” the Congress said.

The Congress also wanted action against BJP’s chief ministerial face in Rajasthan Vasundhara Raje for her alleged remarks that poison is being given in the name of medicines in Rajasthan. The Congress linked her statement to the free medicine scheme of the Congress government in Rajasthan.

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