PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday came down heavily on the Opposition alliance in Uttar Pradesh for raising questions on his caste, asserting that he belongs to the caste of all poor countrymen. Addressing an election rally here, Modi continued to attack the Congress over its leader Sam Pitroda’s “hua to hua” (It happened, so what?)” remark on the anti-Sikh riots in 1984. National security also figured prominently. Modi accused a previous coalition Government of weakening the Intelligence agencies and recalled that the Pokhran nuclear tests took place on this day 21 years back.
“They have destroyed Uttar Pradesh and now the SP and BJP have come together to save themselves from destruction,” he said, calling their alliance “mahamilawati” or adulterated. “They have started a new thing about my caste,” he said, in an apparent reference to Bahujan Samaj Party leader Mayawati’s jibe that he is a “farzi backward” -- a “fake” OBC leader. “I want to tell them that Modi belongs to just one caste - whatever caste the poor belong to, I belong to that caste,” he said, listing the schemes that his Government has launched for them.
He claimed that the country’s intelligence agencies suffered when a 3rd front Govt, which included the Samajwadi Party, was in power at the Centre. “Our Intelligence agencies were weakened by an earlier ‘mahamilawati’ Government, but the (Atal Behari) Vajpayee Government set that right,” he said. Cong Govt in Rajasthan suppressed gangrape news because of polls: Modi: PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday launched a scathing attack on the opposition over a gangrape in Rajasthan’s Alwar district, saying the crime was suppressed by the Congress Government there as the State was going to the polls.
“This is the truth of the Congress ‘nyay’ (justice),” he said, in an apparent jibe at the income support scheme Nyay promised by the opposition party if it comes to power. “The story of the gangrape of a Dalit daughter which took place two weeks ago is now coming out gradually,” Modi said at an election rally here. “Instead of arresting those involved in this heinous crime, Rajasthan’s Congress Government and police got busy in hiding it as they did not want it to come out before the polling was over,” he said.