‘Muslims should forgive Modi and give him a chance’

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Sapna| 20| MSC Student, Hamirpur, Uttar Pradesh

I am very impressed by Sushma Swaraj’s oratory skills. She speaks with a free mind and gives the impression that she is not under any pressure from the party or her colleagues. As the BJP has nominated Narendra Modi as its prime ministerial candidate, I will vote for the party. The people believe that he will turn around India’s fortunes.

Parties lead the voters to the garden path during every election. Modi is different as he sounds more honest and reasonable. He has impressed me as he speaks of rising above the narrow considerations of caste and religion and seeks the support of all. I know Muslims are angry with Modi. I hope that he will not repeat the mistakes of the past and win over the hearts of all by his performance. Muslims should forgive Modi and give him a chance.

Initially, I was attracted towards Arvind Kejriwal but he is more interested in gimmicks and enacting political drama. He keeps on abusing and criticising anybody and everybody. But he has not come out with an action plan on what he intends to do for the nation and the people.

Galloping inflation has made life difficult for people like us. The people are angry with the Congress for the never-ending saga of rising prices of essential commodities.

Every vote is important and everyone should apply his/her discretion before casting the vote. The voter should not be influenced by inducements such as laptops and other such freebies offered by political parties.

Illegal sand mining is a key issue. The rivers are gasping for breath due to indiscriminate mining, which is causing environmental degradation on a major scale. This will prove to be a catastrophe for Bundelkhand and this area will turn into a desert if the rivers are not protected.

As told to Virendra Nath Bhatt

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Virendra Nath Bhatt is a post graduate in Economics. Started career as journalist in 1982, by contributing for a couple of Hindi dailies of Lucknow and Bareilly and also Jansatta of Delhi. Joined the English daily `The Pioneer in 1990 and later shifted to National Herald. After one year joined as correspondent for the Onlooker Magazine published from Bombay in 1991. In 1995 again joined The Pioneer in 1995 and worked till 2007. In December joined Indian Express Luck now. In September 2011 joined Tehelka. Bhatt has extensively covered parliament and assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh since 1985 and also the Ramjanma Bhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute in Ayodhya and the movement for social justice – the social strife against the implementation of the Mandal commission report in August 1990.

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