Modi kicks off campaign run with public rally in Kanpur

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Narendra Modi. Photo: PTI
Narendra Modi. Photo: PTI

Kanpur, 19 October: The first public rally of BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi at Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh, today set the contours of the political battle in the state for the 2014 parliament elections. The BJP urged the people of the state to free themselves from the bondage of the ‘troika’ of `Congress, Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party’. BJP president Rajnath Singh condemned the Samajwadi Party rule in the state by calling the ruling party as the `Dangaa Party’ (party of riots).

“Leaders of both the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party have been given a clean chit by the Central Bureau of Investigation in corruption cases, now they should at least withdraw support to the UPA regime and restore the honour of the state. After all, the people of the state had not voted for both the parties for extending support to the Congress-led UPA regime at the Center”, said BJP President Rajnath Singh, who spoke ahead of Narendra Modi, the star speaker in the rally.

Lambasting the SP and BSP, the BJP president alleged that “the long spell of the SP and the BSP has ruined trade and industry, and halted the overall development of the state. Kanpur, the industrial city of UP, once famous as the Manchester of the east, is now an industrial graveyard as both the parties have systemically looted the people and the exchequer of the state”.

Terming the hostile relations between the SP and BSP as a convenient facade, Rajnath Singh charged “in UP both the parties claim to be arch rivals of each other but in Delhi they join hands and end up supporting the Congress-led government”.

Accusing the ruling Samajwadi Party in UP of stoking the fire of communalism for narrow political gains, the BJP president said “the SP rule in UP is the worst example of votebank politics where the ruling party is stoking the fire of communal hatred; and in fact the government is surviving on the basis of communal riots in UP. Over 100 communal riots have occured ever since the SP came to power in March 2012”. He added, “I am constrained to say that it’s not the Samajwadi Party ruling UP, but the “Dangaa Party”, as never in the history of India has any state in the country witnessed such a large number of communal riots since independence, and that too in a short span of 19 months”.

Launching a scathing attack on the Congress and its allies Narendra Modi said, “UP is the holy land and is known for being the land of Triveni (the confluence of the three rivers Ganga, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati) but the ‘troika’ of Congress, SP and BSP has destroyed the name and fame of the state; and as long as this ‘troika’ is ruling the state, the honour and reputation of UP can never be restored”. He added, “Uttar Pradesh ko is tikri se mukt karnaa hai ( UP is to be freed from this troika).

“Both the SP and the BSP are supporting the Congress only to hide their sins, they speak in combative language on the floor of the parliament but when it comes to crunch situations, they support the Congress from the backdoor. Both the parties are equal culprits for the all the sins against the people committed by the Congress-led UPA government during its decade-long rule at the Center”.

Apparently happy over the huge turnout in his first rally in UP, the Gujarat Chief Minister said, “the huge turnout of people in the rally is the collective display of a deep sense of anger against the Congress and its allies”.

Urging the people to show the door to the Congress and its allies during the next parliament elections, Narendra Modi said, “It’s high time that the Congress, SP and the BSP are held accountable for their deeds and dislodged from the electoral battle during the 2014 parliament elections”.

Training his guns on the Akhilesh Yadav government over the poor law and order situation in UP, Narendra Modi said, “I was stunned to hear that as many as 5,000 persons were murdered in UP in one year and yet the UP government is unwilling to learn any lessons and pursuing votebank policies which is only adding to the discord and social tension”.

Earlier Rajnath Singh welcomed the Gujarat Chief minister as the only ray of hope for the people of UP. “Narendra Modi is the symbol of hope and trust for the people of the state, and the people of the state have pinned high hopes on the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate. Modi needs the blessings of the people of the state for changing the ‘tasveer’ (image) and ‘taqdeer’ (destiny) of the nation.”

This is the first time in UP, ever since the rise of the BJP in UP politics after the 1990 violent Karsewa agitation at Ayodhya by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, that the UP government has made massive security arrangements for any leader of the saffron brigade. Over 2,000 policemen besides one officer of the DIG rank, and two IPS officers of the SSP rank were deployed by the state government for supervising security arrangements at the rally. In June 1991 assembly elections, riding the crest of the Ram wave the BJP had for the first time attained majority on its own in the UP assembly by polling over 31 percent votes. In the 1998 parliament elections the BJP had won 56 seats in UP and polled over 33 percent votes. Its fortunes in UP
have seen a steady fall since, and in the March 2012 assembly elections, its vote share plummeted to 15 percent and tally of seats to 47, in a house of 403.

This first public rally of Narendra Modi in UP was attended by over one lakh people. All roads leading to the venue of the rally on GT road were choked with traffic. The police had to stop the movement of vehicles several kilometres ahead of the venue. A large number were still struggling to the reach the venue even after Modi’s departure.

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