PM Talks Loot, Rahul Turn­coats

Modi ac­cuses Congress of loot­ing Ut­tarak­hand while Rahul says BJP has given tick­ets to those whom Congress has shown the door; PM fo­cuses on is­sues such as OROP & fu­ture of state’s tourism in­dus­try

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics - San­jay.Singh2@ times­group.com

New Delhi: With the cam­paign for Ut­tarak­hand assem­bly polls en­ter­ing its last leg, Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi mounted his at­tack against the Congress at his two ral­lies in the state. While Modi chose Srinagar and Pithor­a­garh to reach out to vot­ers in the state’s hill re­gions, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s road show cov­er­ing all the 11 assem­bly seats in Harid­war district was an im­pres­sive one.

Min­utes af­ter Modi ac­cused Congress of loot­ing Ut­tarak­hand at his elec­tion meet­ing in Srinagar, Rahul lost no time in tar­get­ing BJP by say­ing that it (BJP) has given tick­ets to those whom the Congress has shown the door. “Hamne kachara ba­har kiya. Modiji ne utha ke rakh liya (We threw the garbage out of our party and Modiji stored it)”, Rahul told the gath­er­ing in his ref­er­ence to the Congress’ at least 10 turn­coats who have got ticket from the BJP.

These turn­coats in­clude the nine MLAs who had re­volted against CM Har­ish Rawat at the time of re­cent trust vote in the state assem­bly. While Rahul cov­ered more than 70 km dur­ing his road show, Modi is the sec­ond prime min­is­ter to visit Ut­tarak­hand’s in­te­rior hill dis- rail net­work in the hills.

Modi’s spe­cial ref­er­ence to OROP in the hill parts has its own po­lit­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance in view of the good pres­ence of serv­ing and re­tired army-men. He also ridiculed the op­po­si­tion par­ties for seek­ing proof of sur­gi­cal strike con­ducted against Pak­istan re­cently.

Modi also high­lighted the Congress de­ci­sion in UP to en­ter an al­liance with the Sa­ma­jwadi Party, which was against the cre­ation of Ut­tarak­hand as a sep­a­rate state. He re­minded peo­ple about the Congress lead­ers stand against state­hood ag­i­ta­tion in sup­port of the cre­ation of sep­a­rate state. De­mon­eti­sa­tion also got re­frence in Modi’s speech as an at­tempt to get rid of cor­rup­tion.

Rahul’s pres­ence in Hard­war is im­por­tant for the Congress in the last leg of cam­paign for the assem­bly polls. Hard­war ac­com­mo­dates 11 assem­bly seats in the 70mem­ber house of Ut­tarak­hand assem­bly seat and CM Har­ish Rawat is con­test­ing from its Kichcha seat. Hard­war also shares bound­aries with UP’s parts which will go to polls on Fe­bru­ary 15 along with Ut­tarak­hand.

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