Modi flays PM for not voting in Assam polls

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  1. amitkriit

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    Modi flays PM for not voting in Assam polls

    Gandhinagar: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday targeted Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for not voting in the Assembly elections in Assam. The Prime Minister and his wife Gursharan Kaur are registered as voters in Assam's Dispur constituency and their polling station is Dispur Government Higher Secondary School.

    "Today, when we are celebrating the birth anniversary of Dr BR Ambedkar, I am pained to learn that the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh did not vote in the Assembly elections in Assam," Modi said after attending a seminar at the Pandit Deen Dayal Petroleum University in Gandhinagar on Thursday.

    "Ambedkar gave us our Constitution and on his birth anniversary, I have to say this with great regret that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh , who is a registered vorter from Assam has not cast his vote in the Assam Assembly elections this time," Modi said.

    Voting in the Dispur Assembly took place on April 11, during the second and finals phase of elections in the state.

    The Prime Minister has been a Rajya Sabha member from Assam for the last two decades.
     
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  3. JBH22

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    He has a point MMS must give the right example oh i forgot its India here its always upside down:)
     
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    Rajya Sabha members traditionally treat their constituencies like whores. Nothing new in that. Jairam Ramesh, Indira Gandhi, Jaipal Reddy, etc., have/had constituencies in Telangana. They do/did nothing for the region, let alone their constituencies. They'd just pay courtesy calls to their constituencies once every year/two years.

    Jairam Ramesh's current constituency is Adilabad, which is a timber-rich district in Telangana. There's widespread timber smuggling right under his nose. Even as Jaipal Reddy was busy urbanizing India as the Urban Development minister, his home constituency in Mahboobnagar, Telangana has scores of villages without basic amenities such as electricity or clean drinking water. One can only imagine how Indira Gandhi must have treated Medak.

    edit: Turns out Medak was Indira's LS constituency. Way to go. :rolleyes:
     
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    Don't know if this has been corrected in the media yet, but either Modi was misled or is deliberately misleading people. Either way, he should clarify and apologise if needed.

    Manmohan Singh voted through postal ballot before leaving for China on the 12th. So no, he did not forget his duty as a citizen to vote.

    Manmohan Singh casts his vote through Postal ballot - Economic Times

    GUWAHATI: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday cast his vote through a postal ballot in the second and final phase of Assembly polls in Assam. His absence disappointed voters at the Dispur Government Higher Secondary School where he has voted in the past.

    Mamohan Singh is a voter in the Dispur Assembly seat in which Akon Bora is the Congress party's candidate. The Prime Minister is a Rajya Sabha MP from Assam since 1991 and has a rented accommodation near the state secretariat in Guwahati that is shown as his home address in the records.

    An election official said Manmohan Singh and his wife Gursharan Kaur cast their votes through postal ballots as the Prime Minister, who embarks on a five-day visit to China and Kazakhstan on Tuesday, had other engagements.
     
  6. plugwater

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    Slap in the face for Modi!!
     
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    Please do not go over the board. Modi only said he was "Pained" at the PM not casting his vote. He is right too. In a democracy, what is more important that than your vote?

    Postal vote is for those engaged in election duty or armed forces or other para military forces deployed at border. Where was he DEPLOYED? Or is it a MISUSE of the postal vote? It needs to be cancelled.

    But come on. He has only a spurious address in Assam.
     
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    well what wrong modi ask about pm vote

    what special pm did if he vote by postal i dont think modi asked any wrong question

    is there any proff that the pm postal vote is real of fake by cong party ??
     
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    Even his postal vote cannot be verified for existence. Election Commission cannot be compelled to verify it this way or that.
     
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    slap on face but not on modi

    slap on the face of indian democracy and pepoles faith he is doing

    after such a long corruption record he should be remove b
     
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    Is there any proof that PM didnt vote ?
     
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    Every little thing is making the headlines these days!! So you want PM to go to Assam by wasting taxpayers money and casts his vote!! Then Modi ll come out and say he is pained to see taxpayers money is getting wasted cos PM can use the postal vote option again we will have another thread about how PM is wasting money.

    Modi is seeking attention IMHO.
     
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    Postal vote is for those engaged in election duty or armed forces or other para military forces deployed at border. Where was he DEPLOYED? Or is it a MISUSE of the postal vote? It needs to be cancelled.

    Postal vote can be used by anyone authorised by the Election comission. Its not restricted to armed forces and paramilitary personnel but also includes GoI staff like ambassadors and consul employees stations outside India. A postal vote HAS to be authorised by the Election Comission official BEFORE it can be made. You can check more details on the ECI website. For example some Mizo tribal refugees were given postal vote facility when they had to move out of their usual area of residence.

    The Assam elections where on 11th and PM had to living on 12th for China for the BRICS summit and then for Kazakastan. I would expect him to spend his time reviewing and going over his talking points for the two important visits that are coming up rather than spend time just going to Assam and back within hours just to catch his flight to China.
     
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    But then MMS is neither a diplomat posted abroad, nor a refugee uprooted from Assam, where he "lives".
     
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    Modi doesn’t need to seek attention or make statements for getting that attention. He has reached a point in public life where he is well recognized for the work which has been done and is being done, which is well publicized to the extent his constant detractors in media like the ndtv today find it hard to completely ignore him or his work, who today are forced to make an odd mention about him every now and then. People to whom he appeals, he doesn’t need to give a constant reminder to them and people to whom he doesn’t, he doesn’t need to create any different impression upon them to what is already created. Modi is one of those very rare people in Indian politics who are well recalled for the amount of work they have delivered, and not for the amount of corruption they are associated with or the amount of corruption that happened under them. Gujarat is today the fastest growing economy within india, a state where industrialization process is seen unparallel in india which is generating one of the rapidly growing job opportunities, a fact well recognized and documented by the GoI and for that he doesn’t need to seek any extra attention.

    Coming to the remark he made, look at it in the larger context that congress, UPA and the PM find themselves cornered with. UPA today is seen as the most corrupt government ever with a PM who has no clues of what is happening around him or he on purpose takes it upon himself to ignore all that or may be enacts as he is asked to by his higher ups. Imagine a higher up to a PM of india, but then such things only happen in india.

    The attempt is a part of larger plan laid down by the bjp where they now want to expose the congress/upa/pm on every given opportunity and in here it gets important for them to corner the PM who in the past was the biggest selling point for the congress but someone who is fast losing out on all that sheen and the opposition is in every way entitled to do as they wish. Opposition in a democratic process is there to expose the shortcomings of the government/ruling party and their functionaries, and it is good that it is happening, atleast people of this country are being educated of all that is happening in this country, and not that the opposition or the bjp for that matter are any different or any better but to expose that and their acts remains a responsibility of their opposition.
     
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    Modi doesnt need any attention in Gujarat but surely he needs some in other states of india since most see him tainted outside India(atleast in south india). I have seen his own party members(sushma, jaitley) doing things which will rule him out of PM candidacy. Talking about achievements i have to agree that he has down very well in economic front but still Gujarat tops in hunger level and discrimination of Muslims.
    http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article1448215.ece
    Did any news channels show anything about this? Modi isn't a saint like we are thinking TR.

    Agreed.
     
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    Notwithstanding the comments of Modi.

    Assam is not MMS' state.

    He has an address of convenience in Assam, so that he is assured a seat in the Rajya Sabha on the Assam quota.

    Like it or not, he is thus not a genuine Assamese by birth or permanent domicile.

    He should have voted from Assam just to show gratefulness to the people of Assam for allowing him a seat in the Parliament.

    This, taking the people of the NE for granted, is why some of them feel neglected and some even feel that it is not worth identifying with the Indian Union.
     
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    Is modi vying for a PM slot? I would be surprised if that was to be allowed from within and outside his party and from within the nda and outside and I am pretty sure he is mindful of that fact. Let alone others (nda coalition partners/opposition) and as you mentioned, the moment he attempts to have a go at the PM’s post his very own party people will make sure he is cut to size and dilliwala’s (advani who still believes he has a chance of making it as the PM, sushma, arun jethli) and other north Indian leaders of bjp who form a part of central bjp team will themselves start a paid media camping against him, so modi has nothing more than a zero percent chance of making it as the PM of the country and rest assured till the time his name is not cleared by the SC on godhra riots majority of the people will never support him irrespective of all the development he and his team have done in Gujarat. That said, if his name were to be cleared then yes there will certainly be a swell in his support base for the said post.

    Within the NDA as of date no one other than nitish kumar has a better chance of making it as the next PM and if there are any senses left within the bjp in particular and nda on the whole, nitish should be their next PM candidate and certainly not modi else they would be doomed yet again.

    When you mention hunger in Gujarat, then the comparison with other states doesn’t stand , but a comparison on how Gujarat was performing in the past to how it is performing now is way more relevant because if the gap between other states and Gujarat was huge to start with then anyone who comes as the CM will take time to sort out all the problems. Doing it with other states is an attempt at presenting a false picture, as is said, merely telling figures doesn’t show or prove anything but a detailed study does.

    As far as discrimination against the muslims is concerned, I will leave that bit for the muslims residing in that state to decide, but if I am not mistaken last year bjp was able to win a vidhan sabha seat there which was has a majority of muslim voters and that too for the first time ever, wonder how that happened even after musimls as per that report feeling highly discriminated? Just the way we have paid new, wont be surprised if there are also paid reports being presented, but yet again that part of judgment best be left for people and muslims of that state.

    as far as the remark modi no saint goes, can we all passing that judgement say the same about our own selves that we are saints? and least i expect modi to be one, but if that is hinted at him being corrupt then even after being in a constant media spotlight where he has bought innumerable enemies, he still remains spotless.
     
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    Modi is absolutely correct!

    If the PM is not voting in a vibrant democracy like ours, what kind of PM is he?
     
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    Yeah Muslims are martyred in India :pound:
    Its been almost a decade since 2002 yet our so called secularist people still play that card against Modi.
    Agreed that more has to be done but certainly Modi achieved what none has done in this country making him PM might be inconvenient for many since this will affect their extra income.

    As to news channel well i don't watch their crap anymore internet is the best option i'm tired of these propaganda
     
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    What? ! He was in China, scheduled to go to Kazakhstan after. We don't have online voting yet. Yes, you could argue that he should've voted by proxy, but if he's out there securing big business deals for the country like this one, I couldn't care less.

    http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article1701576.ece

    The fact is, Narendra Modi should be focusing his attention on flaying the PM for bigger things: like corruption, and the abysmal food distribution system, for which he would truly be well-flayed.

    JBH22 and manc, let's not make this about Gujarat's treatment of muslims, there are other threads for that and this is an important topic.


    P.S.: As much as I like Modi for his econ. policies, he was clearly scorin' Brownie points.

    Manmohan Singh casts his vote through Postal ballot - Economic Times
     

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