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Modi magic unites BJP factions

- Munda, Yashwant share Dhurwa dais to launch scathing attack on Congress and its foreign policy

Ranchi, Dec. 29: The state BJP leaders, setting aside their personal differences, today sang a chorus as the party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi took the central stage at Dhurwa grounds in Ranchi.

Even before Modi arrived at the rally venue and launched a scathing attack on the Congress, party satraps Arjun Munda, Yashwant Sinha and Karia Munda occupied the stage and chanted NaMo mantra to strike an emotional chord with the two lakh-strong crowd present at Dhurwa.

Leader of the Opposition in the state Assembly Arjun Munda was among the leaders who initiated the day’s proceedings. He exhorted the rallyists to vote for the BJP in the coming elections to change the fate of the country as well as Jharkhand.

“The country badly needs a strong man like Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister,” said the former chief minister, adding that today’s rally was the foundation of the BJP’s Mission 2014.

Munda also raised slogans — “Bharat maata ki jai” and “Vande Mataram” — to touch a common nerve.

Hazaribagh MP Sinha claimed India never bowed before anyone during the NDA government led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee, despite economic sanctions imposed on the country in the aftermath of the nuclear tests.

“An economy can be put back on the right track, law and order can be restored… but it takes a lot of time to reinstate the lost honour. It’s pitiable that Pakistani soldiers are taking away our soldiers’ heads and Chinese army is crossing our borders, while small countries like Maldives and Sri Lanka are openly threatening us,” he said in a veiled attack on the Centre and its “weak” foreign policy.

The former foreign minister also criticised the UPA government for its failure to handle the controversy related to diplomat Devyani Khobragade, who was handcuffed and strip-searched in the USA, properly.

Senior BJP leader Raghuvar Das summed up the party’s mood in his short and crisp speech. “Singhashan khali karo, janata aati hai (vacate the throne, people are coming),” Das quoted a couplet from Hindi poet Ramdhari Singh Dinkar’s creation.

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