Poked Modi Rips Into Possible Kingmakers - The New Indian Express

Poked Modi Rips Into Possible Kingmakers

Published: 29th April 2014 08:13 AM

Last Updated: 29th April 2014 09:07 AM

As the Lok Sabha election enters its most decisive stage with the remaining 200 seats going to polls in the next 15 days, the campaign got several notches shriller, witnessing slanging matches between regional satraps and BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.

The party too has decided to go all out to win maximum seats on its own rather than look for allies. It is currently engaged in pitched battles with likely post-poll allies and foes, with Modi and regional powerhouses like Mamata Banerjee, Farooq Abdullah and Mayawati sharpening their attack on each other.

In an apparent change of strategy, Modi dropped his ‘soft approach’ towards West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, hinting at illegal gratification through the sale of the Trinamool chief’s painting at a high price. Banerjee and her party members hit back with ferocity reserved for bitter rivals. While Banerjee termed Modi a “devil” and “dangerous man”, Trinamool spokesperson Derek O’Brien went a step further and called Modi the “butcher of Gujarat”. 

The angry exchange of words dimmed chances of a post-poll electoral alliance between the two parties.

After Banerjee, Modi trained his guns on National Conference supremo Farooq Abdullah for his comments that those who vote for the Gujarat Chief Minister should “drown in the sea”. “Those who have chased Kashmiri Pandits out have no face to preach against communalism,” Modi said in a video statement.

Countering the BJP’s PM candidate, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said Muslims in the Valley were pained by the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits which happened when BJP leader Jagmohan was the Governor.

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