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Remember gangrape,water cannons and onion prices when you vote: Narendra Modi

Narendra Modi reminded people of the 'rape capital' tag the city has earned in recent times.

Written by Pragya Kaushika | New Delhi | November 24, 2013 2:25:01 am

With a view to not let people forget the major events that shook the capital in the past two years,the BJP’s PM candidate Narendra Modi invoked the memories of December 16 gangrape case and the way the police faced protesters at Rajpath with water cannons and lathis.

Appealing to voters on behalf of his party’s candidates,Modi exhorted the gathering at DDA grounds in Dwarka to bear in mind the ‘rape capital’ tag the city has earned in recent times,the prices of LPG cylinders and onions,and the atrocities by the government on protesting students when they go to vote on December 4.

“When you go to cast your vote on December 4,remember Nirbhaya,Gudiya,water cannons,Ramdev and the woman who died because after being assaulted. Congress leaders tell you that you can have a meal for Rs 12 and Rs 5. But as you cannot afford onions anymore,buy one when go to vote. Remember Azad Maidan where government tried to uproot statutes of martyrs and remember the Indian soldiers who were beheaded. Remember all this and then vote,” Modi said.

“For every country,its capital is its pride. Even the poorest of countries project its capital in the best light. But today,India’s small towns are better than its capital,” he said.

Taking a dig at CM Sheila Dikshit,who is also the head of the Delhi Jal Board,Modi said,“I too have come from Dwarka. But unlike this place,it is not ‘tankerwali’ Dwarka. You have been blessed with Yamuna and yet residents are without water. Tanker water is a source for more corruption,” Modi said.

“Sheilaji aap ko 15 saal mein pani nahi de payi. Your government spent Rs 3,400 crore in cleaning Yamuna and we in Gujarat with a budget of Rs 900 crore built the Sabarmati river front. Yet you talk of your ‘model’,” Modi said.

Targeting BRTs,he claimed that it is he who sent the BRT proposal to PM and Delhi copied it in a hurry. “Congress was afraid that Modi credit le jaeyga,Gujarat model xerox kar ke Dilli me laga diya. Result: it failed. Come to Ahmedabad where the UN is awarding us for our BRTs. I am not from the elite class and,therefore,this Delhi elite class do not accept Modi,who is from a poor family. Yet,I have been able to do what these third generation elites could not,” Modi said while evoking sentiments that Congress is anti-poor.

Infighting continues,pictures of Goel,Gadkari missing from stage banner

In late September,at Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s first rally in Delhi after being declared the BJP’s PM candidate,the party Delhi unit put up a united front to allay all talks of infighting in the ranks.

The mood at Modi’s second outing,in Dwarka on Saturday,however,proved that all is not well with the party.

The banner in the backdrop of the stage had BJP’s CM candidate Harsh Vardhan and Modi sharing space with 12 other candidates for Delhi Assembly polls. Conspicuous in their absence were the pictures of Delhi BJP chief Vijay Goel and Delhi election in-charge Nitin Gadkari.

Sources in the party said the photographs on the banner were selected after much deliberation and it had upset Goel. A senior party leader,who was part of the organising committee,said the reason for omitting Goel’s picture was to give more focus to candidates.

“Only faces of those who have to approach voters were given prominence. Voters should know them by face,” a senior leader said.

Another leader said not having Goel’s picture in the banner will send a wrong message to the public and the party cadre. “Gadkari and Goel should have been on the banner,” he said.

In Modi’s rally in September,the party had worked hard to project a united front. But this time round,cadres in the field complained of neglect. “Party office-bearers of West Delhi were upset as they had been neglected and those close to senior leaders were given a chance to speak at the rally. Neera Shastri,a descendant of Lal Bahadur Shastri,addressed the gathering. She has been missing from party’s functioning for so many years and has now addressed the gathering. When we who have been engaged in making preparations for the rally,demanded a chance to speak,we were told that only candidates will speak,” a senior leader said.

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