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Modi plays career card to woo youths

- BJP prime ministerial candidate calls for support to form stable govt with 300 MPs

Darbhanga, April 24: Highlighting the UPA government’s failure to fulfil its job promise to youngsters before the 2009 Lok Sabha polls, sixty-plus Narendra Modi today urged the youth brigade to vote for the BJP for a brighter career prospect.

Addressing a gathering of over a lakh at an election rally at Raj grounds in Darbhanga, Modi urged the youth to vote in favour of the BJP’s Darbhanga candidate Kirti Azad for a strong and youth-friendly government at the Centre. The massive crowd response in Varanasi while filing his nomination papers a few hours ago still fresh in his mind, the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate accused the Congress-led UPA-II of playing with the life of youths.

Modi said: “My prime concern is for the age group of 18-28. If one takes even five days of your life during this period, you could lose your life. This is the period when you take all the significant decisions of your life.”

While the youth in the crowd screamed “Har Har Modi, Ghar Ghar Modi” (Modi in every house), Modi thundered the Congress had promised in its 2009 poll manifesto that it would provide 10 crore jobs, but it failed to deliver. “The Congress government has cheated with the youths. It has not come forward to shape up their career. Whenever the Congress government gets chance, it starts cheating. So you must vote in favour of the BJP if you want a stable government.”

Modi’s bid to woo youths comes a day after the BJP accused Father Frazer Mascarenhas, the principal of St Xavier’s College in Mumbai, of trying to influence the young voters through an email in which he criticised the Gujarat model of development. The principal also hailed the Food Security Act and Rozgar Yojana introduced by the Congress-led government at the Centre a day before Mumbai went to the polls.

On the day of elections at the financial capital of India, Modi hit back at the Congress in Darbhanga. He said: “People who have voted so far have voted to dethrone the mother-son (Sonia-Rahul) government. It is very clear from their facial expressions, body language and abuses hurled at the BJP. We need your support to form a stable government in Delhi and for that we need 300 BJP MPs.”

Mentioning the name of the BJP’s Darbhanga candidate, Kirti Azad, twice in his 21-minute speech, Modi said: “The People of Bihar have given me a lot of love and affection and I would return it with its development. You vote for Kirti Azad and help us form a strong government in Delhi. We need a stable government at the Centre that works for you.”

Kirti, the cricketer-turned-politician and son of former chief minister late Bhagwat Jha Azad, is the sitting MP of Darbhanga, which would go to the polls on April 30. He is facing a stiff contest from A.A. Fatimi of the RJD. To make things worse, the JD(U) has fielded Sanjay Jha — a Brahmin who could eat into Kirti’s votes. The constituency has a substantial population of Muslims and Yadavs.

The crowd of over a lakh were jubilant throughout the Modi’s speech in Darbhanga, about 175km northeast of Patna. Some sections of the enthusiastic the crowd broke the barricade at several points in a bid to go near the stage. Police used mild force to control the crowd.

Modi also addressed election rallies at Saharsa and Madhubani.