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Modi skips felicitation of 2 BJP MLAs booked in UP riots

BJP top leaders from the state honoured the two MLAs - Sangeet Som and Suresh Rana - at the venue of Modi’s rally but the felicitation was done before the Gujarat chief minister’s arrival. The two were presented with headgear and a shawl.

Party’s state unit president Lakshmikant Bajpai played down Modi’s absence.  ‘What if Modi was not present during the felicitation?...

We had decided that when national leaders arrive, it would be a national programme while this was entirely done by the BJP state unit...’ Bajpai told reporters.

Modi has been avoiding any reference to his Hindutva image since he was anointed as BJP’s prime ministerial candidate and has tried to project himself as a development man. This is an ostensible attempt to shed his purported image of a communally polarising figure.

‘The felicitation has been done after consultation with the party. This has not been been done for political gains...False FIR has been registered against them. Not one CD has been recovered. I challenge the SP to bring out one CD,’ Bajpai said, justifying the felicitation.
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