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Modi deflects ‘cheap’ salvo at opponents

Bettiah, May 7: Narendra Modi today said the people behind rotting of foodgrain in godowns and the Commonwealth Games scam were indulging in neech rajniti (cheap politics), not he.

“Those who have indulged in letting foodgrain rot in godowns or defrauding the sportsmen of their money in the Commonwealth Games are indulging in neech rajniti, not me. A girl was raped and murdered in Delhi. Those responsible for not spending a single paisa from the Nirbhaya funds have indulged in neech rajniti,” he said in two elections rallies in the state, countering the “neech rajniti” remark of Priyanka Gandhi, against whom two complaint cases were filed in Patna and Darbhanga for allegedly using derogatory language against Modi.

The BJP’s prime ministerial candidate today addressed people at Ramnagar under the Valmikinagar constituency and Bettiah under the West Champaran parliamentary seat, separated by around 60km, seeking blessings for his party candidates Satish Chandra Dubey (in Valmikinagar) and Dr Sanjay Jaiswal (in West Champaran).

This was Modi’s first visit to West Champaran — the bordering district of Bihar situated at the threshold of Nepal. Around 20 per cent of the enthusiastic crowd in his rallies were women. At both the places, he continued with his attack on Priyanka and predicted a poor show of the Congress in the Lok Sabha polls.

“The nation will decide who has indulged in cheap politics. Right now, the Congress’s position is so bad that it is struggling to retain Amethi,” he said at Ramnagar, around 270km northwest of Patna.

He tried to strike a chord with Tharus — a community having a sizeable population in the region — by talking about the plight of the Scheduled Tribes. Speaking about the contributions of Adivasis of Champaran to the freedom movement, Modi charged the central government with ignoring the community.

Known as the sugarcane-growing belt of Bihar, Modi switched his focus towards farmers during his speech at Bettiah and said the Centre was responsible for their miserable condition. Farmers of the country have always been deprived of genuine price for their products because of wrong policies, he said.

Speaking about the sugarcane-growers of Gujarat, Modi said the farmers were the owners of the sugar mills there. He claimed that the revenue generated from the 19 sugar units run and managed by the sugarcane-growers is distributed among them in right proportions.

Yaha bhi kisano ke achhe din aane wale hai (good times are coming for farmers here also),” said Modi.

Confident about his victory, Modi said the Congress would not win this election even if the government released all jail inmates in the country.

Taking a dig at the Congress president, Sonia Gandhi, Modi said: “She might feel ashamed while asking for something but I don’t have any complex like that. Begging is always better than looting.”

Speaking about his instant visit and the love that the people of West Champaran showered on him, Modi said: “Today I have realised why Mahatma Gandhi had visited this place about 100 years ago.”