STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Denied Nod for Rally, Modi Talks Only about Development

BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Thursday tried to project himself as a changed personality by avoiding  caste remarks and direct attacks on his major political opponents or the Election Commission.

Published: 09th May 2014 07:57 AM  |   Last Updated: 09th May 2014 07:57 AM   |  A+A-

BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Thursday tried to project himself as a changed personality by avoiding  caste remarks and direct attacks on his major political opponents or the Election Commission.

Modi was denied permission to hold a rally in Beniabagh, a communally sensitive area of Varanasi from where Modi is contesting the polls. He addressed a public meeting in Rohania and said he would not only flood Varanasi with developmental works but also   remove miseries of weavers, who are mostly Muslim, and saree traders. He also promised he would change the tourism industry of the holy town.

Modi didn’t visit the historic Kashi Vishwanath temple. Nor did he mention the temple in his speech. And he rejected invites to join Ganga Maha Aarti in the evening. He said he would not criticise others but speak only about development. He then honoured freedom fighter Col Nizamuddin of Azad Hind Fauj by touching his feet. The prime minister hopeful didn’t criticise  Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, or SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav.

Modi’s carcade passed through the prestigious Banaras Hindu University campus on its way to the BJP office.

Earlier, BJP leaders such as Arun Jaitley and Amit Shah demonstrated opposite the District Magistrate’s office to protest against the denial of permission for the rally. They, however, wound up the protest in three hours, without submitting any memorandum to the administration. A huge crowd thronged Modi’s carcade and blocked most of the roads in the town.



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

IPL_2020
flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp