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Modi harping on tea vendor origins hypocrisy, says Karat

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Reported by Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, Jan 28:

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CPI (M) politburo member Brinda Karat today said BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s new found emphasis on his humble origins as a tea vendor reeks of ‘hypocrisy’.
“Where was Mr. Modi when bulldozers were removing small vendors in Ahmedabad, Surat and Baroda,” Karat quipped when asked to comment on BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi invoking his humble origins as a tea vendor at a press conference here.
“Today, Mr Modi has suddenly remembered his modest origins and is talking about tea vendors. But the small shops of tea vendors are being bulldozed by Modi’s own bulldozers. This is utter hypocrisy on the part of a person, who calls himself a worker for the vendors,” Karat said.
Arguing that the people of the country are fed up with both the Congress and the BJP, the CPM leader said the party would try to unite other parties for an alternative based on common policies different from those followed by the Congress and the BJP.
“The people are fed up with the two parties as the states ruled by both of them are beset with problems of corruption, price rise and unemployment. So, we will try to come out with an alternative based on common policies different from Congress and BJP,” she said.
She, however, clarified that there has been no discussion yet with the BJD about such a formation.
She also lashed out at the claims made by the two parties about providing a clean and corruption free government to the country.
“The two major national political parties are looting the country. Both are claiming that they can serve the country better. You tell me, can there be an election between two looters? They are only fighting to prove who can serve the corporate houses, which are grabbing the land of poor people, better,” said the CPM leader.