Modi surname; Case filed against Rahul Gandhi in Bihar

A case was filed against Congress President Rahul Gandhi in a Bihar court for his reported statement that “all thieves have Modi as their surnames”.

A BJP leader Manoj Modi on Wednesday filed the case in the Chief Judicial Magistrate’s (CJM) court in Purnea district.

The petitioner’s lawyer Delip Kumar Deepak said his client Manoj Modi was deeply hurt by Gandhi’s statement.

Last week Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi also filed a defamation case against Gandhi for the same reported statement.

The senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader had filed the case in the CJM court in Patna under Section 500 of the IPC. “Rahul defames and hurts the sentiments of everyone who has the Modi surname,” he had said.



Fearing defeat, opposition blaming EVMs; Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said that the opposition parties had started blaming EVMs after the third phase of the Lok Sabha elections because they feared defeat.

“The three phases of Lok Sabha elections are over and the opposition parties, fearing defeat, have started blaming EVMs. Their faces now wear the look of defeat,” the Prime Minister told a campaign rally here.

“Earlier they used to target Modi. After the third phase, they are targeting EVMs,” he added.

“Now the opposition parties are abusing EVMs… People are angry with them and reflecting their anger by voting against them. The opposition parties have started preparing the ground for their defeat by blaming EVMs.”

He added: “Those who were dreaming of becoming Prime Minister are finding their dreams fading away. No wonder they are blaming EVMs.

“People of the country are voting for development, nationalism and a strong country,” Modi added.

He said that under his rule, terrorist and Maoist activities had come down.

“In Maoist affected areas, people earlier feared to step out of their homes after evening. Now people’s faith has returned… Many have left the violence path and joined the mainstream of society.”

Saying the world was facing the “biggest threat” in terrorism, the Prime Minister referred to the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka that have killed 359 people.

“In Sri Lanka hundreds were killed on the pious day of Easter when they were praying. India was also passing through the same situation during Congress regime. The ‘chowkidar’ has given a befitting reply by killing terrorists in Pakistani territory.”

He added: “Those who act against India will be punished.”

“My government works for everyone whether he or she goes to temple, mosque, church or gurudwara.”

Modi targeted the Congress for doubting the capabilities of the Army and its valour.




Modi regime at exit door after three phases; Congress

The Congress said on Tuesday that with people in 302 Lok Sabha constituencies having already exercised their franchise at the end of third phase of seven-phased election, the message was that the Modi government was at the “exit door”.

Party leader Jairam Ramesh said here that campaign of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP shows that they have “a sense of frustration and anger”.

He said people have made up their minds that “time has come for Nyay (justice)” and to end the “injustice” against all sections including women, Dalits and tribals.

“It is clear after polling in 302 constituencies that a Congress-led government will get the verdict. The campaign is showing what must be crossing Modi’s mind that what will happen to him after elections. All norms are being violated in the campaign,” he said.

He hoped that Election Commission will take action against Modi over party’s complaints.

“So far they have not taken action against the Prime Minister. They have taken action against other political leaders. We expect that the Prime Minister is treated the same way as other political leaders have been treated,” he said.

Answering a query, he said if the Election Commission does not take action, “we will explore other avenues and options but we have provided and we will continue to provide video evidence of how the Prime Minister has repeatedly violated the Model Code of Conduct – the latest example being today in Gujarat”.



Unknown Shalini Yadav to challenge Modi in Varanasi

The Samajwadi Party has fielded Shalini Yadav as the joint candidate of the SP-BSP alliance in Varanasi to challenge Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Lok Sabha elections.

A light-weight candidate, Shalini Yadav has unsuccessfully contested he Mayoral polls in Varanasi on a Congress ticket in 2017.

Shalini Yadav is the daughter of former Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairperson Shyamlal Yadav.

Samajwadi Party sources said that none of the senior party leaders in the region were willing to contest against the Prime Minister and the party then decided to field Shalini Yadav who joined the party on Monday evening.

“I will work to the best of my abilities under the guidance of Akhilesh Yadav and try to wrest the seat from the BJP. The youth is on our side and nothing is impossible if you make the effort,” she told reporters.

The Varanasi seat had been won by Murli Manohar Joshi in 2009 and became a VIP seat in 2014 when Narendra Modi defeated his nearest rival Arvind Kejriwal of the Aam Aadmi Party by a huge margin of over 3.75 lakh votes.

Polling in Varanasi will be held in the last phase of elections on May 19.



India now virtually terror free says PM Narendra Modi

Citing the example of the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka that killed 290 people, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday claimed that India is now virtually “terror free” barring some pockets of Jammu and Kashmir.

Addressing an election rally at Pimpalgaon here, Modi said: “Scores were killed in Sri Lanka when the terrorists struck at the innocent Christians peacefully engaged in prayers in churches.

“What was the situation in India prior to 2014? There were regular terror strikes in Maharashtra, Ayodhya, Jammu and Kashmir and other parts of the country. The (then) Congress-Nationalist Congress Party government just mourned and kept crying about Pakistan.”

“But after coming to power in 2014, your ‘Chowkidar’ changed that strategy and rammed the terrorists inside their dens and the result is before all to see,” he said, referring to the February 26 Indian Air Force strikes in Balakot, Pakistan, after the February 14 Pulwama attack which killed 40 CRPF troopers.

“Terror is now practically erased from the country, barring some pockets in Jammu and Kashmir but even there, our security forces regularly keep killing the terrorists… The terrorists are scared that under ‘Modi’ they cannot escape punishment.”

Modi arrived here on Monday morning to address two campaign rallies — first in Nashik and later at Nandurbar which will go to elections in the fourth phase on April 29.





Congress for ‘vote bhakti’, BJP for ‘desh bhakti’; Modi

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) stood for ‘desh bhakti’, while the Congress stood for ‘vote bhakti’ because of which the previous United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government refused to retaliate after Pakistani terrorists attacked Mumbai in November 2008, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing an election rally in the state on Saturday.

Speaking in an aggressive manner, Modi reminded the people that the Congress leaders also insulted the martyrs of the 2008 Batla House encounter in New Delhi because of their ‘vote bhakti’.

“The country is divided by ‘vote bhakti’ and ‘desh bhakti’. It was ‘vote bhakti’ that prevented the Congress from acting tough on Pakistan,” Modi said at the rally in Farbisganj in Araria parliamentary constituency, where the party’s candidate is Pradeep Kumar Singh.

The Prime Minister said it was due to ‘vote bhakti’ that the then Congress government did not give permission to act against Pakistan after the 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai.

“It was known to all that the terrorists had come from Pakistan, which was behind the terror attack in Mumbai. The army had sought permission to retaliate, but the Congress-led government refused to do anything,” he said.

Modi further said that the BJP believed in ‘desh bhakti’ politics due to which the armed forces could successfully conduct surgical strikes after the Uri terror attack and air strike after the Pulwama terror strike.

Modi also attacked the Congress by raking up the Balakot air strike. “How can the opposition question the success of the Balakot air strike? Their approach is guided by ‘vote bhakti’,” he said.

“They (opposition) have stopped asking for a body count or questioning the air strike because of your (people’s) response in the first two phases of elections. They have already lost ground. They are afraid whether their remaining leaders will be there in the parliament,” Modi said.

Playing the nationalism card, Modi said those who felt discomfort chanting ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ and sided with those saying ‘Bharat Tere Tukde Honge’ can do nothing for the country’s progress.

He also warned the people against lies being spread in Bihar that 10 per cent quota for the economically backward among the general category will end reservations altogether.

The opposition’s politics of appeasement may snatch away the rights of the Dalits, tribals and OBCs, the Prime Minister said.



Election Commission bans online streaming of web series on Modi

The Election Commission (EC) on Saturday banned the online streaming of the web series “Modi: Journey of a Common Man”, stating that no biopic material can be screened which can disturb the level-playing field during the Lok Sabha elections.

The directions were conveyed by the Election Commission to the producers of the web series.

“You are hereby directed to stop forthwith the online streaming and remove all connected content of the web series ‘Modi: Journey of a Common Man’ till further orders. A compliance report may also be sent immediately,” the EC order read.



I had erred in judging Mamata earlier; Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said he had earlier erred in judging Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee as he used to consider her an embodiment of simplicity who wanted to free the people of West Bengal from the rule of the Leftists, but realised his mistake once he got to know of her misdeeds after ascending to the high office.

Addressing an election meeting in this town in South Dinajpur district, Modi said the people had reposed a lot of faith in ‘Mamata didi’, who had hoodwinked the “Ma, Mati and Manush” (mother, soil and people — Banerjee’ pet slogan) of the state.

“It is not that you have alone made the mistake. I have also equally erred. When I used to see her on television, and meet her from time to time, I used to think she is the true embodiment of simplicity, hardworking, well-meaning, and genuinely interested in Bengal’s development.

“I also used to think she wants to free the people from the rule of the Leftists. However, after I became the Prime Minister and saw her activities, my eyes opened,” Modi said.

The Prime Minister said when a person like him could make such an error of judgement, it was quite natural that the common people also would.

“But now, I have understood her true colours, and even the children of Bengal have understood the same,” he said.

Referring to the Saradha and Rose Valley ponzi scams, and the Narada sting video, Modi said the hard earned money of the poor was looted. “And then, didi made the scamsters MPs and ministers. That’s not all, she sat on a dharna (sit-in protest) for the scamsters.”

In February, Banerjee had held a sit-in at the city hub protesting against the Central Bureau of Investigation’s efforts to question Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar in connection with the Saradha ponzi scam.

“By your blessings, your ‘chowkidar’ will take account of every paisa looted from the poor people. Now whatever forces these people use, they can’t stall justice,” he said.

The Prime Minister, who was addressing the meeting in support of the BJP’s candidate from Balurghat Lok Sabha constituency Sukanta Majumdar, said there was talk in the whole country that “something big” was happening in Bengal.

He said the huge attendance at his meeting was an indication of the wave in favour of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

“People of West Bengal have taken a decision. Speed-breaker didi will come to know after May 23 (the day of the vote count) the outcome of committing atrocities on the people, looting their money and stalling development.”

Apparently referring to the protest on Thursday during the second phase of polling by people in an area in Chopra in North Dinajpur district, who had put up a roadblock and refused to cast their vote unless the central forces were deployed at their booth, Modi said “these common people, our sisters, taught a lesson to the TMC goons. Despite the threats (from the miscreants), farmers, workers, traders, mothers and sisters, youths “everybody went to vote”.

The protesters had finally exercised their franchise after the central forces were called in.

Modi said the reports of the first two phases of polling in the state – on April 11 and April 18 involving five of the 42 constituencies in the state – “have put the brakes on our speed- breaker didi’s sleep”.



Priyanka Gandhi slams Modi government over OROP 

Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi on Friday accused the Narendra Modi government of politicising the Armed Forces by calling the one rank one pension (OROP) a favour to them.

The Congress General Secretary was holding a roadshow while campaigning for his party’s Kanpur candidate Sriprakash Jaiswal here. She kicked off her roadshow from Ghantaghar area and concluded it at Bada Chauraha after covering a distance of five kms.

Addressing party supporters at the Phoolbagh crossing, she said, “When I was coming here from the airport, there were lots of posters and hoardings along the way. One of the hoardings that read ‘Sena ko OROP ka uphaar’ (OROP gift to the armed forces) got me thinking.

“Is the OROP really a gift and favour to the Armed Forces or is it their right? The right of the Armed Forces is being publicised as a favour by the government. What is this mentality and who will change it?” she asked the crowd.

She also targeted the Modi government over demonetisation. “They turned it into a mission of patriotism by telling you that it (demonetisation) will bring back black money. You all were made to stand in queues for the country. But the black money did not come back. On the contrary, a few industrialists benefitted from it,” she alleged.

The Congress leader also attacked the government for a flawed implementation of the goods and the services tax (GST), which she said had killed thousands of small businesses.

She urged the crowd raising slogans like “Priyanka nahi ye aandhi hai, doosri Indira Gandhi hai” to not compare her with her grandmother. “Please don’t humiliate me. I am nothing in front of her. You all know that… she made a sacrifice for the country.”

She added that she shared her grandmother’s will to serve the people. “Whether you give us a chance or not, we will keep serving you all,” she said.

Comparing her brother and Congress President Rahul Gandhi to Modi, Priyanka said, “One (Modi) does not have the strength to endure, while the other who is abused daily endures everything and keeps on smiling. This is called political will and confidence.”

Earlier arriving at the Fursatganj Airport in Rae Bareli, her mother and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi’s parliamentary constituency in the morning, Priyanka travelled to Gauriganj by road for a meeting with her party workers as well as senior leaders of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Jan Adhikar Party (JAP) to discuss poll preparedness in the district.

A senior Congress leader told IANS: “BSP district chief Dilip Kumar and JAP district chief Vipin Kumar attended the five-hour long meeting and assured her all help in Amethi, where Rahul Gandhi is facing a stiff challenge from BJP’s Smriti Irani.”

Asked about the absence of Samajwadi Party (SP) leaders from the meeting, the Congress leader said that they will organise a meeting with Priyanka, the Congress in-charge for eastern Uttar Pradesh, on their own.

The BSP-SP-RLD alliance has not put up any candidate in the Amethi and Rae Bareli seats.



Tejashwi Yadav attacks Narendra Modi ahead of Bihar meeting

Hours ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Bihar to address a public meeting in the Araria parliamentary constituency, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav on Saturday attacked him for the state’s suffering.

“Bihar has suffered a lot due to the Nitish-Modi duo. First Bihar got step motherly treatment due to political rivalry between them and now due to their forced political nexus which has pushed Bihar into opportunistic, destructive,communal and ‘Manuwadi’ politics,” Tejashwi said in a series of tweets.

“Since Narendra Modi has refused the basic rights of Bihar, ignored the aspirations of the people of Bihar, denied the rightful share out of each allocation, investment, the people of Bihar reject Modi,” he added.

Modi’s meeting is slated to take place at the Airport Maidan, Forbesganj.

Araria is going to the polls in the third phase on April 23.



Mayawati and Mulayam come together, attack Modi

Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Ministers Mayawati and Mulayam Singh Yadav on Friday shared a stage for the first time in 25 years where they blasted Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the Samajwadi Party founder declared that this will be his last electoral battle.

The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief, addressing her first public meeting after a 48-hour curb on her by the Election Commission, was at her aggressive best, praising Mulayam Singh Yadav “as a tall leader” and dubbing Modi as a “fake backward”.

Addressing a public meeting in Mainpuri, Mulayam Singh Yadav’s bastion, Mayawati thundered: “Mulayam Singh is not a fake backward like Modi.

“He (Mulayam) is a real backward as he was born in a backward community while Modi is a fake backward and everyone knows that during his tenure in Gujarat he made his forward community backward.”

Burying a quarter century of political animosity, Mayawati appealed to the voters to ensure the victory of Mulayam Singh Yadav from Mainpuri with a record margin and accused the BJP of diverting the attention of the people from real issues.

“Now their (BJP) theatrics and rhetoric will no more work. Their new theatrics of chowkidari will also fail in this Lok Sabha election.”

She insisted that the Bharatiya Janata Party had fared poorly in the first two rounds of the staggered Lok Sabha elections and vowed to oust the Modi government.

Targeting the Congress too, Mayawati called its NYAY scheme “a drama”.

“Congress remained in power at the Centre for over 60 years but they did not work and they were thrown out. And now to get votes of the poor they are promising money to them. This will also not get them votes.”

Mayawati referred to the June 1995 episode at a guest house in Lucknow that ruptured the BSP-SP alliance until Mayawati and Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav decided to shake hands ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.

“Despite the episode, we are fighting the 2019 Lok Sabha elections in an alliance… At times looking at the country’s future one has to take difficult decisions in larger interest.”

The BSP leader added: “We have come together to take on the communal forces.”

Mulayam Singh Yadav earlier welcomed Mayawati and thanked her for supporting the Samajwadi Party.

“Today Mayawatiji has come and we welcome her. Always respected Mayawatiji because even in bad times she has always stood by our side. And I am happy that she has come in my support. I shall never forget this favour.”

He said this will be his last election and so urged the people to help him win with a record margin.

Akhilesh Yadav, speaking for himself and his father Mulayam Singh Yadav, accused Modi of fooling the electorate. He said Modi presented himself as a ‘chaiwala’ in the 2014 Lok Sabha battle and was now calling himself a ‘chowkidar’.



Sushil Modi files defamation case against Rahul

Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi on Thursday filed a defamation case against Congress President Rahul Gandhi for his reported statement that “all thieves have Modi in their surnames”.

The senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader told the media here that his lawyer filed the case in the Chief Judicial Magistrate’s (CJM) court in Patna under Section 500 of the IPC.

He added that the court was likely to hear the case on April 22.

Sushil Modi had announced on Tuesday that he would be filing the case against Gandhi as it “it defames and hurts the sentiments of everyone who has the Modi surname”.

He has also objected to Gandhi’s ‘chowkidar chor hai’ jibe.



Modi, BJP nervous like Congress was in 2014; Mayawati

BSP chief Mayawati on Thursday took a swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP, saying they are nervous as the Congress was ahead of its rout in the Lok Sabha battle in 2014.

“Today, amid voting for the second phase, the BJP and Prime Minister Modi are nervous like the Congress was fearful and distressed in the last Lok Sabha polls sensing defeat. The main reason is their anti-poor, anti-labour, anti-Dalit, anti-farmer, anti-backward and anti-Muslim mindest,” she tweeted.

Her remarks came as the voting for the second phase was underway in eight parliamentary constituencies in Uttar Pradesh: Bulandshahr, Aligarh, Hathras, Fatehpur Sikri, Nagina, Amroha, Mathura and Agra.

The BSP, which failed to win even one seat in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, is contesting this year in alliance with the Samajwadi Party and the Rashtriya Lok Dal.



Lalu seeked Jaitley’s help to influence CBI; Sushil Modi

Senior BJP leader and Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi on Wednesday claimed that jailed RJD chief Lalu Prasad seeked the help of Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to influence the CBI in the fodder scam cases.

Lalu had requested Jaitley to stop the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) from challenging the Jharkhand High Court verdict in favour of him in the Supreme Court (SC).

“When the Jharkhand High Court gave the verdict in favour of Lalu Prasad, ruling that there was no need for a trial in the other cases related to the fodder scam, the CBI went to the SC challenging the decision. After that Lalu Prasad approached Jaitely to help him,” Sushil Modi told the media on the eve of the second phase of Lok Sabha elections in which five constituencies in Bihar go to the polls.

He further said that when the CBI went to the apex court, Lalu sent his messenger Prem Gupta to meet Jaitley, urging him not to let the CBI appeal to the SC in the case. He said if they get help, “24 ghante mein Nitish Kumar ka ilaaj kar dunga (Will fix Nitish Kumar in 24 hours),” Sushil Modi alleged.

He said later both Lalu Prasad and Prem Gupta met Jaitley and offered to topple the Nitish Kumar government. “Arun Jaitley clearly said that we can’t interfere in CBI’s functioning as it is an autonomous institution,” Sushil Modi claimed.

He also called Lalu Prasad an opportunist. “Lalu Prasad took BJP-RSS’ help in the past. He took help from the BJP-RSS during elections.”

Meanwhile, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) has reacted strongly to the allegations made by Sushil Modi and demanded evidences for the claims made by him.



‘Modi trying to incite communal violence for votes’

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Monday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was trying to incite communal violence to win votes.

Speaking to the media on the sidelines of an election gathering in Anantnag district, Mehbooba said: “He is trying to incite communal violence to win votes. They saw defeat coming their way in the first phase and they are now creating insecurity everywhere.

“The situation they have created suggests that they might stage another Balakot like attack on Pakistan to get votes.”

In the gathering, she also demanded a probe into the February 14 Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF troopers were killed.




Modi indulging in mega-loot, imposing mega-misery; Yechury

Accusing the Narendra Modi government of waiving off loans worth Rs 5.56 lakh crore to corporates, CPI-M General Secretary Sitaram Yechury on Sunday said it is conducting a “mega-loot” of national resources while imposing “mega-misery” on the common people.

Alleging that the people are getting greater evidence of its corruption and cronyism everyday, he claimed they will vote on the basis of their day to experience under the current government and not basis of some “emotive appeals” made by Modi and his party.

“The Modi government is getting drawn deeper into corruption and cronyism…. Out of the total NPAs that leaked out, government figures show Rs 5.56 lakh crore loans to corporates have been waived off. The government have kept the names of the corporates a secret so we do not who they are.

“People of the country is getting the evidence of the mega-loot that is being done by this government while imposing a mega-misery on common people’s economic livelihood. This is the balance sheet of the current government. This will determine the election,” Yechury told reporters here.

He hinted that corporate firms which might have paid hefty amounts to the ruling BJP, might have been given the benefit of loan waivers by the government.

“This connects to the electoral bonds.. Now the Supreme Court has asked the banks to furnish details about who paid how much electoral bonds to which party. So it will know which are the companies involved in buying electoral bonds. Soon the public will also know about it,” Yechury said.

Asked whether the Left parties will extend post electoral support to the Congress in forming a government at the Centre, he said they will decide that as per the election results.

“CPI-M is committed for the creation of an alternative secular government at the centre. We cannot speculate what form would that government take. All depends how the result emerge and based on that we will take a decision after the elections,” he said.

Referring to the first phase of general elections on April 11, he said his party is “very unhappy” with the way things have gone in different states and warned that people will lose their faith in the Election Commission if such “malpractices” are repeated in the next phases.

“There have been so many glitches in the EVM machines. In Bengal, there was not enough protection for the voters even in the places where the central force were deployed. Many people were not allowed to reach the polling booths while in Tripura, most of the opposition parties’ polling agents were beaten up and driven away from the polling premises. We will tell the EC that if such things happen for another phase, people will lose faith on them,” he added.



Farooq Abdullah compares PM Modi to Hitler

National Conference (NC) President Farooq Abdullah on Saturday compared Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Adolf Hitler and alleged that the BJP’s “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas” is in the same lines as the German dictator’s aspirations were.

Addressing a rally in the old city area of Khanyar, Abdullah said: “Like Modi says — Sab Ka Saath, Sab Ka Vikas–, Hitler too, used to say the same things back then in Germany.

“We all know 40 Central Reserve Police Force trropers were killed in Pulwama, but all Modi talks about is — Balakote, Balakote Balakote. Did he ask for a probe on Pulwama.”

The NC president warned Delhi that everyone in Jammu and Kashmir were ready to fight against abrogation of Article 370 and 35A.



Congress accepts they did injustice says Narendra Modi 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday mocked the Congress’s proposed NYAY scheme which translates to “justice” in Hindi literally and claimed that the grand old party has finally agreed that injustice was done by them over the past 60 years.

“Congress and dishonesty are best friends. But sometimes by mistake they end up speaking the truth. Now they are saying Nyay will happen. Even if they did not intend to, they have admitted that they had done injustice for the 60 years,” Modi said at a massive rally here.

NYAY is the Congress’ minimum income guarantee scheme that the party says lift millions out of poverty.

Modi also asked who will render Nyay/justice:- to the victims of 1984 anti-Sikh riots; to all the victims of anti-Dalit riots; to the government of AIADMK Founder M.G.Ramachandran (MGR) dismissed by Congress because one family didn’t like him; to the victims of Bhopal gas tragedy — one of worst environment tragedy in modern India — all of which happened under the Congress rule.

Stating that the Congress, DMK and their other corrupt friends can never work for India’s development, Modi asked the people present at the rally to decide the fate of those who questioned the surgical strike by the Indian Army.

“How do you deal with those who wish to weaken armed forces and how to deal with those who talks with the sponsors of terrorists,” Modi asked.

“When it comes to national security, there can be no compromise. We leave no stone unturned in protecting India and destroying forces of terror. When a brave Indian pilot was captured, he was back in record time. The Congress party politicised the issued,” Modi said pointing fingers at the opposition.

Modi said for the state of Tamil Nadu to become prosperous, the game of DMK and Congress must end and the rule of dynasty must stopped.

“As a chowkidar for the nation, I work for the benefit of the people. Your struggle for railway connectivity is known and our government has begun the gauge conversion between Madurai and Bodi.”

The Prime Minister assured that the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and the Integrated Textile Park set up in Madurai will benefit the people of Theni district.

He said the opposition has been unable to accept the fact that “India has been rapidly making a mark in the world under the BJP-led NDA’s regime and they are unhappy with Modi”.

“Those who were sworn enemies have come together to harm people of Tamil Nadu. Recall 1979, how the Congress humiliated DMK. Recently DMK leaders were in jail for 2G scam,” Modi said.

“Despite such bitterness in the past, today Congress and DMK are together to mislead the people. All the corrupt have joined hands to defeat Modi,” he added.

Citing the projection of Congress President Rahul Gandhi as the Prime Ministerial candidate by the DMK, Modi said none of the other opposition parties have agreed on it as each party wants its leaders in line for the Prime Minister post.

Taking a dig at Congress bigwig in Tamil Nadu, Modi said while the father (former Union Minister P. Chidambaram) was the India’s Finance Minister, his son (Karti Chidambaram) looted the country.

According to Modi, the Madhya Pradesh government has become the ATM (automatic teller machine) of the Congress party and people were talking about it as the Thuglaq Road scam (where the Congress chief’s residence is).

“You all know which big Congress leader stays in Thuglaq Road,” Modi said.



Narendra Modi flays Kumaraswamy for ‘insulting’ jawans

Dubbing the ruling Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) a “dynastic” party, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday criticised Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy for reportedly saying those who don’t get a square meal join the army and become jawans.

“It is shocking to know a Chief Minister’s thinking is so low to say those who don’t get a square meal a day join the Army and not the rich. What else can people expect from such a leader. By using such words, Kumaraswamy has insulted our patriotic soldiers who sacrifice their life to protect the country,” said Modi at a huge BJP poll rally in the state’s northwest region.

Terming Kumaraswamy’s clarification that his words were misinterpreted a shame, Modi said the Chief Minister cannot escape from what he said at a public meeting while campaigning for his party, as it was on record for anyone to listen in Kannada.

Referring to the state PWD Minister H.D. Revanna’s statement that he would retire from politics if Modi got re-elected, and return to power, the Prime Minister said the claim reminded him of what the minister’s father and JD-S supremo H.D. Deve Gowda had offered to do 5 years ago.

“Deve Gowda claimed he would take ‘sanyas’ from politics if I became Prime Minster after the 2014 general elections, But he is not only contesting for the seventh time, but also fielded his two grandsons from Hassan and Mandya seats. The dynastic politics runs deeply in the Gowda clan,” said Modi.

Revanna is Gowda’s second son and Kumaraswamy his third son.

“Can we trust these people or take their words seriously?,” asked Modi.

Gowda’s grandsons Prajwal is Revanna’s son and contesting from the Hassan Lok Sabha seat, while Nikhil is Kumaraswamy’s son, who is in fray from the Mandya parliamentary seat.

Kumaraswsamy’s wife Anitha is a two-time legislator from Ramanagara assembly segment, about 60km southwest of Bengaluru.



Congress complains to EC against Narendra Modi, Irani

The Congress on Friday moved the Election Commission against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah for allegedly “dragging” the armed forces in politics repeatedly.

Congress leaders Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Randeep Singh Surjewala also raised the issues of Union Minister Smriti Irani submitting “contradictory affidavits” to the Election Commission on her educational qualifications and also about a web series on Modi.

Talking to the media after meeting the EC, Singhvi said PM, the President of the ruling party and its other leaders are “shamelessly dragging the armed forces for cheap politics.”

“Never in the history has this happened,” he said, adding the web series on Modi is also a violation of the Model Code of Conduct as it is biographical in nature and it should be banned immediately.

“If the person makes another violation, he/she should be barred from two days of campaigning, similarly three and four days for the third and fourth violation,” he said.

Speaking about Irani’s qualification, Surjewala said the Congress is not commenting on her qualification, saying they believe that even the illiterate can also hold high positions.

“But the question is the people have been cheated and the Minister has lied to them about her qualifications.”

The Congress has submitted a memorandum to the EC over Irani “repeatedly lying” about her qualifications.

“There is no information about the degree of the PM and also his favourite minister Irani. There are no classmates of the PM and Irani who are coming out. This is a very serious issue as the people have been cheated repeatedly.”

Surjewala demanded that the EC should disqualify Irani for changing her qualifications multiple times.

He also said that there should be a strict action and Union Minister Maneka Gandhi should be sacked for her remarks and for “dividing people”.

Addressing an election rally, she had said that she would like to win without support of Muslims and would not want to give jobs to them if they did not vote for her.

The party also urged the Election Commission to issue directions to all Chief Electoral Officers, booth level officers and other election officials to ensure proper functioning of EVMs during the Lok Sabha elections. It also sought immediate investigation into the malfunctioning of the EVMs and other issues reported from various parts of the country during the first phase of polls on April 11.

It said posters of Gen VK Singh were posted right outside a polling station. The party also alleged that BJP candidate from Tehri Garhwal parliamentary constituency “printed voter slips on her election pamphlet”.

The party said it was making fifth request for “urgent and necessary” intervention against Modi’s “continued and brazen violation” of the Model Code of Conduct and in particular the “hateful and divisive comments by him”, Shah and UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in election rallies at Nanded, Nagpur and Meerut.

In its representation against Irani, Congress called for immediate action for filing “false affidavit”, saying it attracts “up to six months imprisonment and/or fine”.



Modi, Rahul to campaign in Karnataka on Saturday for their LS candidates

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress President Rahul Gandhi will campaign in Karnataka on Saturday for their candidates contesting in the Lok Sabha elections.

“Modi will return to Karnataka to address BJP rallies in Mangaluru and Bengaluru,” Bharatiya Janata Party spokesman S. Shanataram told IANS here.

Gandhi will address three rallies in Kolar, Chitradurga and K.R. Nagar in the Mandya parliamentary constituency, about 100 km southwest of Bengaluru.

“He will campaign for our candidates at Kolar and Chitradurga and for our Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) ally candidate Nikhil Kumaraswamy in the Mandya seat,” Congress official Prakash Rathod said.

Modi addressed two rallies at Chitradurga and Mysuru on Wednesday.

Of the 28 seats across the state, 14 in the central and southern regions will vote on April 18 and the remaining 14 in the coastal and northern regions on April 23. Vote count in all the seats is on May 23.

Of the seven rallies the BJP has scheduled for Modi, the last two will be at Belgaum and Chikkodi.

The BJP is contesting in 27 parliamentary seats and supporting multi-lingual south India actor Sumalatha Ambareesh, an Independent, from Mandya against Nikhil Gowda of the JD-S.

The Congress and JD-S have fielded joint candidates in all the 28 seats in the ratio of 21:7 under a seat-sharing arrangement.

As Modi’s two rallies in the state coincide with the first phase of polling on April 18, BJP’s rivals protested that his address at the twin rallies if held during the day may influence the electorate voting in 14 seats across the central and southern regions.

Gandhi has already campaigned for the party in the state twice on March 31 at Kalaburagi and Bengaluru on March 18.

He also addressed a party meeting at Haveri on March 9.