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Keeping up attack on Congress, PM Modi offers BJP ray of hope

In all his rallies, Modi connected with crowd by raising questions and seeking responses, and he blamed Congress for all the vices in the country.

, ET Bureau|
Dec 05, 2018, 08.53 AM IST
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Modi has so far addressed 10 rallies in the state marked by scathing attacks on Congress .
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed three rallies in Rajasthan on the penultimate day of campaigning on Tuesday, and attacked Congress and its president Rahul Gandhi over issues ranging from Kartarpur Sahib gurdwara being in Pakistan to allegedly insulting Bharat Mata.

With rallies in Hanumangarh, Sikar and Jaipur on Tuesday, Modi has so far addressed 10 rallies in the state marked by scathing attacks on Congress and aggressive posturing, which political analysts say seems to have revived BJP’s chances from near-hopeless position just 10 days ago.

In Hanumangarh, the prime minister tried to establish an emotional connect with dominating Punjabi and Sikh families of Hanumangarh and Sri Ganganagar by alleging that Kartarpur went to Pakistan because Congress leaders of that time had no vision and they did not respect the Sikh sentiments.

“At the time of partition, they (Congress leaders) could not see anything beyond the power, so Kartarpur went into Pakistan. They have done so many mistakes just to grab power. It has come to my destiny to correct their mistakes,” he said.

In Sikar, he slammed Rahul Gandhi for mocking him (Modi) for raising “Bharat Mata Ki Jai” slogan before his speech. He called upon the gathering to raise the slogan 10 times and alleged that Gandhi and Congress have come up with a “fatwa” against him doing it. “How can they deny this? They must be ashamed of even saying such a thing. This shows their disrespect for our motherland,” he said.

Modi was responding to Gandhi’s jibe at him in Alwar where the Congress leader said instead of chanting “Bharat Mata Ki Jai” in every speech, Modi “should begin his address by saying ‘Anil Ambani ki jai’, ‘Mehul Choksi ki jai’, ‘Nirav Modi ki jai’ ‘Lalit Modi ki jai’.”

Later in Jaipur, the prime minister’s narrative was completely different. He sought votes in the name of development and the good work done by the Vasundhara Raje government. “Please vote for development which has been taken place in four years. If BJP comes, there will be uninterrupted growth,” he said.

In all his rallies, Modi connected with crowd by raising questions and seeking responses, and he blamed Congress for all the vices in the country. He urged people to weed out Congress from Rajasthan the way the party has been uprooted from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Telangana and Tamil Nadu.

Just 10 days back, political analysts had a feeling that BJP was lagging Congress in Rajasthan. But Modi’s whirlwind tour of the state seems to have altered their calculations. Many of them are now ready to put their stake on BJP.

“BJP is back in the game,” said Rameshwar Singh Khangarot, a political analyst, who has tracked six assembly elections. “Even BJP leaders agree that the campaign didn’t kick off on a promising note. Attendance even in the rallies of Modi and Amit Shah was thin. But BJP leaders are getting good response. It’s still to be seen how it translates into votes,” he told ET.

The satta market in the state endorses an improvement in the condition of BJP. A bookie said the rate for Congress winning 125-130 seats and BJP winning 45-50 seats was 30 paise just a few days ago, but now 30 paise is staked at Congress winning 105-110 seats and BJP winning 65-70. “The gap has reduced to a great extent,” he said while explaining that lower rates indicate higher chances.

Modi’s rallies have definitely rejuvenated the BJP cadre in the state. “Our PM is working so hard,” said Ramesh Pareek, a party worker. “He is travelling so much just to ensure that people get good government.”

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