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Nitish, Sibal dismiss Modi fervour

Posted on 25 September 2013 by admin

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday sought to dismiss the so-called wave claimed by BJP in favour of its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi saying “there is nothing like this”.
“A blower has been turned on by some people and you think it is natural air. There is nothing like this,” he said in an apparent dig at Modi. He also termed Muzaffarnagar riots a “blot” on the country like Gujarat and Bhagalpur riots in the past and said the situation should not have been allowed to deteriorate to the extent it did.

After making the statement that “I would not want to live in a country where Modi is the Prime Minister,” Eminent writer and Jnanpeeth award recipient UR Ananthamurthy is now getting money orders from Narendra Modi fans. The enraged fans are using social media platform to raise money to buy the writer a ticket out of India. Meanwhile, Ananthamurthy has expressed his displeasure over the attitude of Modi fans for targeting him.

Slamming Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for his “tall claims” of development, Law Minister Kapil Sibal on Friday said a quality debate on real issues and not personalities was required in the run up to the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Sibal told reporters here that since India followed a Parliamentary form of government, it was the political parties and not personalities who have to put forth their positions on various issues ahead of elections.

He often referred to Modi as “nirantar virodhi” (constantly opposing) and said there was a need to talk about real issues. Without naming Modi, he said he was using the term “nirantar virodhi” for a person.

BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Friday appealed to politicians and prominent personalties from other fields to work towards registration of youths as voters. Modi made the appeal through micro-blogging site Twitter, asking politicians, Bollywood biggies, cricketers and social and spiritual leaders to work for registration of youths as voters in age group 18 to 24, considered by BJP as its core constituency.

The Gujarat Chief Minister reached out to prominent voices in the social media, including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his ardent critic, Minister of State for HRD Shashi Tharoor.

BJP President Rajnath Singh on Friday heaped praise on the party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, saying his capabilities as a leader are recognised across the world.

“We have chosen the most popular leader in the country as our candidate for the PM’s post. His work is recognised not only in India but across the world,” he said at a meeting of party’s Sports Cell.

Noting that sports need a sound government policy which was lacking presently, he said his party would give it special attention and come out with a detailed policy for its promotion if voted to power.

Accusing RSS-BJP of sharpening communal divide for electoral gains, CPI(M) on Friday said the death and displacement of a large number of people in the Muzaffarnagar riots was the “perfect backdrop” for BJP to anoint Narendra Modi as its prime ministerial candidate.

The “ghastly” communal violence in Muzaffarnagar has served as “the perfect backdrop for BJP to announce the anointment of the Gujarat Chief Minister as its prime ministerial prospect in the coming 2014 general elections,” CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury said.

Meanwhile, drawing a parallel between communal violence in western UP and 2002 post-Godhra riots in Gujarat, Congress on Friday said Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has “no right to continue” as the state government “failed miserably” to control the riots in Muzaffarnagar. Terming Mujaffarnagar riots as “one of most deplorable acts of modern India during recent times”, party spokesperson PC Chacko said “it is almost like revisiting Gujarat riots 2002 again”.

Alleging the state government “failed miserably” to take preventive action, he said the incidents in Muzaffarnagar and adjoining areas show “total failure” of the state government and hence “the state government has no right to continue in the light of these incidents”.

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