Addressing a rally in Assam today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that it was the country’s misfortune that working for a particular section alone was called “secularism” while working for everyone without discrimination would get you labelled as “communal”.
In one of the rare salvos the prime minister fired at not only the opposition but also his detractors within his core constituency who allege he isn’t as ‘Hindu’ as he once used to be, the prime minister said in a rally in Assam’s Tamulpur, “Games of secularism, communalism have caused great damage to the country.”
Prime Minister Modi today addressed rallies in Assam and West Bengal ahead of the third phase of voting in the ongoing assembly elections in both states. While Prime Minister Modi addressed a rally in Tamulpur in Assam, in West Bengal Prime Minister is addressing one rally in Tarakeswar and Sonarpur each.
The prime minister said his party formulated policies for all without discrimination. “We work for everyone without discrimination but some people divide the country for vote bank, which is unfortunately called secularism. But if we work for everyone, it’s called communal. Games of secularism, communalism have caused great damage to the country,” said Prime Minister Modi.
The prime minister said his government was working sincerely to fully implement the Assam accord.
The prime minister indirectly referred to the comments by Abdur Rahim, the son of AIUDF founder and MP Badruddin Ajmal, an ally of the INC that may find in him a champion of secularism. Rahim had yesterday asserted “dadhi, topi and lungi wallahs” will form the next government in the state.
“There cannot be a bigger insult to Assam. The people of Assam will not tolerate those who insult Assam’s pride and identity and will give them a befitting reply through the ballot,” he said.
This was Prime Minister Modi’s last rally in Assam before the third and final phase of voting on April 6. Prime Minister Modi said the people had decided to give another chance to NDA in the state.
After Assam, Prime Minister Modi visited the neighbouring West Bengal where addressing a rally in Tarakeshwar, the prime minister said that the people in Nandigram had already given a glimpse of 2 May results.
Addressing a rally in Tarakeshwar, Prime Minister Modi said, “If players keep criticising umpires, you should know
“Khela Sesh” (game’s over),” said the prime minister, referring to West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s allegations against the Election Commission (EC).
Predicting a BJP win, the prime minister said that a BJP government would attend oath-taking ceremony.
The prime minister said, “Didi, you betrayed Bengal, you accept defeat”, he further said, “Trinamool INC left Singur in limbo after exploiting it for political purpose, with no industries in the area and farmers in distress.”
In West Bengal, two out of eight phases of voting have ended and the third phase is scheduled for April 6. The result will be announced on 2 May.
A day after Election Commission barred BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma from campaigning in the ongoing Assam assembly elections, INC leader Randeep Singh Surjewala on Saturday said the EC should ban Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Amit Shah and JP Nadda from campaigning to ensure free and fair elections in the state.
“We urge that though notices have been given to newspaper which ran the advertisements, it should bar Narendra Modi, Amit Shah, Sarbananda Sonowal and JP Nadda too who were shown in ads in Assam’s newspapers, for free and fair polls,” Surjewala told ANI.
Earlier in the day, Himanta Sarma replied to the poll body, saying he did not threaten Bodoland People’s Front chief Hagrama Mohilary.
BJP president JP Nadda on Saturday said his party’s government at the centre and in Assam resolved the Bodoland issue and brought peace to the state.
Speaking to ANI, Nadda said, “The Bodoland agitation was going on for 50 years. Thousands of people and security persons were killed but no one was listening. It was Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s political will, Amit Shah’s strategy, and Sonowal implemented it in letter and spirit that the Bodoland territorial region issue was resolved and aspirations of the people of the land were accommodated and the identity of Assam was saved.”