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RaGa Sticks to Suit, Shah to Steak

Congress VP harps on PM’s alleged suit-boot style; BJP chief seeks explanation on Lalu’s comment that beef is no different from mutton

Published: 08th October 2015 04:32 AM  |   Last Updated: 08th October 2015 05:02 AM   |  A+A-

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PATNA: Once again hitting out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his alleged “elitist” style of functioning, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday claimed, “Modiji trusts the wisdom of those in suit-boot. He hardly cares about the wisdom of the common people.”

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Addressing an election rally at Bachchwara in Begusarai district, he asked his audience, “Have you seen Modiji with the labourer, the unemployed, and the farmer? But you might have seen him flanked by people in suit-boot.” He repeated his accusation that the Prime Minister was helping his ‘corporate friends’ at the cost of the aam aadmi and boasted, “Earlier I have criticised his Rs 15 lakh suit and he has not worn suits since.” Speaking at another ally at Barbigha in Shekhpura district, Rahul referred to the Prime Minister’s poll statement from last year that if all the black money stashed abroad were to be brought back, it would amount to about Rs 15 lakh for each Indian, and questioned, “Has anyone got Rs 15 lakh in their accounts as Modi promised during the election?”

Again harping on the suit-boot jibe, he alleged, “Modiji changes his dress 16 times when he goes to America. Have you seen Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in suit-boot?” He also mocked the Prime Minister for his foreign trips. Rahul steered clear of the recent controversial statements of his party’s ally, Lalu Prasad Yadav.

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In another part of the state, at Lakhisarai, BJP chief Amit Shah addressed a well-attended rally, where he tore into Rahul and Nitish Kumar. He demanded that the two leaders clarify whether they endorsed Lalu’s controversial statement that even Hindus eat beef and that there was no difference between beef and goat meat.

“Why are Nitish Kumar and Rahul Gandhi silent on Lalu Prasad’s comment that there is no difference between beef and goat meat? They have to make public whether they agree with his view or not,” Shah said.

Confirming BJP’s support to reservation for the weaker sections, Shah asserted, “As BJP president, who will know RSS better — me or Lalu Prasad or Nitish Kumar? I have again said BJP doesn’t want any change in the present government policy on reservations.”

Meanwhile, fissures appeared in the third front in the state with the Samajwadi Party announcing it would contest 146 seats instead of 85 declared earlier as part of seat-sharing among six parties comprising the coalition. It admitted that it had decided so due to lack of agreement among the allies.



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