You are the PM… you must remove hatred and work with love: Rahul tells Modi
Congress president Rahul Gandhi on May 11 alleged that the BJP, the RSS and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have hatred towards his family, but he does not harbour the same feelings for the PM.
He said that although Mr. Modi repeatedly attacked him, his father Rajiv Gandhi, grandmother Indira Gandhi and great grandfather Jawaharlal Nehru, he gave him a hug.
The Congress chief’s remarks came a week after Mr. Modi said in a rally that Rajiv Gandhi “was termed ‘Mr. Clean’ by his courtiers, but his life ended as ‘Bhrashtachari No. 1’ (corrupt number 1)“.
Mr. Modi had also alleged that Rajiv Gandhi and his family had used the INS Viraat as a “personal taxi” for 10 days while they were vacationing at an island in Lakshadweep in the late 80s.
“BJP, RSS and Prime Minister Narendra Modi has hatred for my family and our job is to remove it. Narendra Modi attacks me. He speaks with hatred about my father, my grandmother and my great grandfather. He speaks in anger, but I go and give him a jhappi (hug),” Mr. Rahul Gandhi said.
“You are the Prime Minister… you must remove hatred and work with love. This will benefit you. I don’t hate Narendra Modi, he can give me as much hatred as he can. He can speak about my family whatever he wants,” he said.
“Hatred cannot be conquered with hatred in return. Only love can defeat Narendra Modi and not the hatred,” he added.
The Congress chief was addressing an election rally at Shujalpur in Madhya Pradesh.
Adityanath likens Akhilesh to Aurangzeb
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on May 11 tore into the SP-BSP mahagathbandhan alliance by likening SP chief Akhilesh Yadav to Aurangzeb, who had imprisoned his father Emperor Shahjahan.
He said, “the mahamilavatis are behaving like snakes, frogs and scorpions who come together during floods”. Mahamilavati (adulterated) is how Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other BJP leaders refer to the Opposition mahagathbandhan alliance.
In a tweet in Hindi, the Chief Minister said, “The one who dethroned his father, like Aurangzeb, joined hands with the sworn enemy. After May 23, they will again abuse each other. These mahamilavati people are behaving today like scorpions, frogs and snakes which come together during floods.”
Mr. Adityanath, who addressed an election meeting in Ballia on May 11, said in another tweet, “When I and (Narendra) Modiji put lock on the shops of Bua (Mayawati) and Babua (Akhilesh), they opened another counter to sell mahamilavati goods and cheat the people.
“This counter will also be closed by the people on May 23 and they will again abuse each other. So do not waste your votes. Think, understand and get involved in the setting up a new and strong India.”
Mr. Adityanath had earlier called Mr. Yadav goondon ka sartaj (king of goons) and has often accused him of taking development works and extending basic facilities on caste and communal lines.
Modi appeals to people not to back ‘mahamilavati’ alliance
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday came down heavily on the opposition alliance and appealed to the people not to back the ‘mahamilavati’ alliance.
“Our intelligence agencies were weakened by an earlier ‘mahamilavati’ government, (Atal Bihari) Vajpayee govt set that right,” Mr. Modi said at a public meeting in Sonebhadra in eastern Uttar Pradesh.
Greeting scientists for successful Pokhran nuclear tests on this day in 1998, the Prime Minister took the opportunity to slam the opposition parties.
“After the accomplishment of the government led by then prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, a weak government was formed at the Centre,” he said.
Mr. Modi made a fresh attack on the Congress for its leader Sam Pitroda’s reported “hua toh hua” (So what, it happened) remark on the anti-Sikh riots.
“It shows the character and mentality of the party,” he said, adding that the remark reflect the “arrogance” of the Congress.
Appealing to the electorate to back a bold government, the Prime Minister cited the example of the Balakot air strike and also listed out the achievements of his government during the past five years for the welfare of the poor.
“Modi belongs to just one caste — whatever caste the poor belongs to, I belong to that caste,” he said.
Chandrababu Naidu says his fight is against non-implementation of election code for Modi, Shah
Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu asserted on Twitter that his fight was against the non-implementation of the Model Code of Conduct in respect of the inflammatory comments being made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP national president Amit Shah during electioneering.
He questioned what was the objection of Election Commission of India (ECI) to count 50% of the VVPATs which takes about six days when the conduct of elections itself was going on for 73 days. He also wondered why was Mr. Modi raising a hue and cry when the opposition parties asked the ECI to count 50% of the VVPATs.
Mr. Naidu stated that Team Modi was rejected by the people and a new team which follows the rules set to take over the reins of power after May 23.
He strongly condemned the derogatory remarks allegedly made by Mr. Modi on former PM Rajiv Gandhi and his family and expressed regret that he (Mr. Modi) would create a rift between religions to meet his political ends.
Navjot Singh Sidhu in a soup for ‘traitor’ talk
The Election Commission has sent a notice to Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu for prima facie violation of the model code of conduct in his comments against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Mr. Sidhu gave the speech in Bhopal on April 29, following which the BJP lodged a complaint. He accused Mr. Modi of being a “traitor”, and alleged corruption in the Rafale deal. The poll panel, after examining the transcript, directed Mr. Sidhu to respond within 24 hours.
Elect our candidate, will add him to mohalla WhatsApp groups: Somnath Bharti
AAP MLA from Malviya Nagar Somnath Bharti endorsed party candidate for New Delhi Lok Sabha seat Brijesh Goyal to a crowd, promising them that if elected, the latter would be added to their WhatsApp groups.
Mr. Bharti has divided his Assembly constituency into 35 mohallas and each has a WhatsApp group.
“If you elect the MP that AAP and I tell you to, our first work will be to add his number to all [WhatsApp] groups. Then as soon as any police issue is shared or anything is posted in the group by DDA people, the MP will respond. Is it a good proposal? If good, then applaud it,” Mr. Bharti said.
People post their problems from non-availability of water, broken roads, sewers, street lights to thefts among others in the WhatsApp groups.