‘People will vote to punish Cong’

‘People will vote not only for bringing a change, but also to punish the Delhi government (UPA). They (UPA government) have ruined the country in the past decade. People are in a mood to punish Congress,’ Modi told a huge rally of tribals at Kondagaon district headquarters in the insurgency-hit Bastar region of Chhattisgarh.

The UPA government has broken every record on corruption, he said. ‘Jal, sthal and nabh (water, land and sky), wherever they got chance, they indulged in corruption,’ he said.

Referring to former Prime Minister, late Rajiv Gandhi’s statement that of the one rupee given by the Centre only 15 paise reach the end-beneficiary, Modi said even at that time Congress was in power from Centre to the village-level.

‘What was this ‘hand’ which turned a rupee into 15 paise? Now the people need a government which can ensure that a full 100 paise reach the grassroots,’ he said.

‘Around 40 per cent of tribals in the country live in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Rajasthan which have BJP governments, and everybody knows that only the governments in these states are working for the development and uplift of tribals,’ he said, adding Congress treated tribals only as a vote bank.

A separate ministry to promote development of tribal regions was formed only when Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s government came to power, he said.

Modi also appealed to the Naxals to give up violence. The rebels should give up guns for agricultural tools and pens, so they can serve the society, he said.

Meanwhile, hours before Modi arrived, Naxals set fire to 14 trucks and a JCB machine parked at the loading bay of the Essar steel at Kirandaul in Dantewada district this afternoon.

Chaubey to withdraw nomination from Buxar at Modi’s persuasion

In relief for the BJP, disgruntled party leader Lal Muni Chaubey on Friday announced he would withdraw his nomination from Buxar parliamentary seat after persuasion by Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in the past two days.

‘I have decided to withdraw my nomination from Buxar seat on Modi’s assurance that he will carry forward the legacies of elder party leaders like Atal Bihari Vajpayee and L K Advani,’ Chaubey told reporters here. The BJP Prime Ministerial candidate also assured him that he would suitably accommodate senior leaders in future who failed to get tickets for the forthcoming parliamentary poll, the 71 year-old BJP leader said.

The four-term BJP MP from Buxar said that he could not ignore Modi calling him twice in the past couple of days and expressing respect.

The veteran BJP leader said that he would campaign for Ashwani Chaube, the BJP candidate from Buxar. He also said that he would also campaign for Modi in Varanasi located close to Buxar and also other BJP candidates.
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