Narendra Modi accused Congress of playing 'divisive' politics

Oct 19 2013, 18:09 IST
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We will have to bury vote bank politics forever, said Narendra Modi. (PTI) We will have to bury vote bank politics forever, said Narendra Modi. (PTI)
SummaryWe will have to bury vote bank politics forever, said Narendra Modi.

Accusing the "troika" of Congress and its allies SP and BSP of playing "divisive" politics in the name of secularism, Narendra Modi on Saturday asked the people of Uttar Pradesh to throw them out of power and "bury" vote bank politics forever.

Interestingly, the BJP Prime Ministerial candidate made no reference to the Ram temple issue in his first public meeting in UP where the party is hoping at win over half of the 80 Lok Sabha seats in its bid to come to power at the Centre in the 2014 general elections.

"Government has only one religion. It is nation first, India first. It has only one religious scripture, that is the Constitution," Modi said, as a mammoth crowd of BJP supporters chanted 'Modi, Modi' repeatedly.

Raking up the issue of Congress attacking him on the issue of secularism, the Gujarat Chief Minister said the ruling party has only "one mantra, one chant and one medicine" for winning elections.

"Congress has only one mantra, only one medicine- that of vote bank for winning elections. They chant the mantra of secularism to divide the people," he said, adding that BJP is committed to binding people together.

Modi said the aim of his party is that whether it is a Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Sikh or Buddhist they should all be "good".

"We will have to bury vote bank politics forever. We have to tread on the path of development oriented politics," he said.

Attacking the ruling SP and the main opposition BSP in the state, who provide outside support to Congress-led government at the Centre, Modi described them as a "troika" which has "eclipsed" the holy confluence of Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati.

"Uttar Pradesh wants to break free from this eclipse to restore its pristine glory," he said.

Similarly, the people of Uttar Pradesh should take the lead in dislodging the troika from Delhi, he said, citing the call from this historic city for driving out the British.

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