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Modi accuses Congress of dividing India

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Agra, Nov 21 (IANS)

BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi Thursday accused the Congress of playing divisive politics and blamed it for India’s partition.

“Congress has always played divisive politics. At the time of independence, it divided the country,” the Gujarat chief minister said at a rally here, attended by around one lakh people.

Narendra Modi
Narendra Modi

“They (Congress) are not interested in development. They are habituated to playing vote bank politics… Appease 25 percent of the population and ignore the rest 75 percent,” he said.

The “Vijay Shankhnad” (victory announcement) rally at Kothi Meena Bazar ground here, was aimed at raising the pitch for the Bharatiya Janata Party ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

At the rally, the BJP also honoured its Uttar Pradesh legislators Sangeet Som and Suresh Rana, accused of inciting violence during the Muzaffarnagar riots.

Modi also hit out at both the state and central governments for lopsided developmental priorities and increasing corruption at all levels.

“The Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party are result of the Congress’ sins. This nation is not poor, you need to throw Congress, SP and BSP out,” Modi said.

In his 40-minute speech, Modi also touched upon local issues like demand for an airport in Agra and problems of drinking water, power supply and unemployment.

Tourism in the Taj city had great potential and the industry could bring in at least $3 billion in a couple of years, he said.

“Agra, which has the Yamuna river, suffers from shortage of drinking water, while perpetual power crisis affects industrial growth,” Modi said.

“India is not a poor nation. In fact, our country is the youngest with almost 65 percent population being youths, but the unemployment problem still wants an answer,” he said.

“The poor do not have power but special people have power supply 24×7. Due to coal scam and corruption, power units have shut down,” he said.

BJP president Rajnath Singh, who arrived towards the end of the rally, also criticised the ruling Samajwadi Party.

Modi aide Amit Shah was also present on the dais.