Modi plays poverty card in Kanpur

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    Modi plays poverty card in Kanpur

    - Silent on Hindutva, BJP leader harps on ‘poor’ childhood


    Kanpur, Oct. 19: Narendra Modi today called upon voters in Uttar Pradesh to oust the Congress, which he accused of “sprinkling salt on the wounds of the poor” as he played up his under-privileged childhood to mock the party-led Centre.

    The BJP’s mascot for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, however, didn’t utter a word on Hindutva during his address, tailored for the state’s politically perspicacious audience that knows what to expect of putative Prime Ministers and of leaders unabashedly playing to the gallery.

    Modi, who kicked off his Uttar Pradesh campaign with a massive rally at Kanpur, said the battle to “liberate” India would be “fought and won” in the heartland. “India’s first war of independence was fought from Uttar Pradesh’s soil, from Kanpur, Meerut, Jhansi… its leaders were born here. Now we are fighting a war to liberate India from the Congress. That will also be fought and won in Uttar Pradesh. It is a fight for ‘surajya’, for good governance.”

    With the Congress, he added, the heartland’s voters must also “weed out” its “chatte-batte” (flunkeys), the ruling Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party.

    “To free themselves from their crimes, these parties seek the Congress’s protection and in turn help the Congress save its government through the back door,” he told the crowd.

    This was Modi’s first public appearance in Uttar Pradesh after the BJP named him as the party’s candidate for Prime Minister.

    Modi’s address nurtured an image especially created and marketed by the RSS-BJP for the heartland audience: his hard-luck origins in a poor provincial family and his “commitment” to a “welfare state” born out of “experience”.

    The Gujarat chief minister mocked the food security law. “Do you know the quantum of grains under this law given to an able-bodied adult will be the same that it takes to feed an under-nourished child in a mid-day meal? So instead of ensuring food security, you are leaving the poor hungry. That’s because those who are born with a golden spoon in their mouths don’t know what it is to be hungry,” he said, before delving into his early life when he worked as a tea-stall boy.

    “I was born into poverty, I spent a childhood in poverty. That ‘shehzada’ (prince),” he said, alluding to Rahul Gandhi, “says poverty is a state of mind. It makes my heart ache because it’s like sprinkling salt on the wounds of the poor. Worse, an MP from your state (Raj Babbar) claims you can eat a full meal for Rs 12 in a city like Mumbai. Another, who’s mercifully in jail now (Lalu Prasad), says why Rs 12, you can get a meal for Rs 5.

    “The Planning Commission, headed by an economist Prime Minister, says anyone earning Rs 26 a day in a village is above the poverty line. God alone can protect my country’s poor at this rate,” Modi said to thunderous applause.

    He urged his audience to uproot the Congress for promises made and betrayed” and “for being arrogant enough to not even face up to their omissions and commissions”.

    “A government may be any party’s. But a government is meant only for the poor, for their welfare and not to fatten the pockets of the rich,” he said, belying the ground realities in the state he rules.

    Gujarat’s social indices on health, literacy and nutrition have been critiqued by eminent economists.

    But he didn’t utter a word on Hindutva or issues like minority-appeasement, leaving it to speakers like Vinay Katiyar and Kalyan Singh to expatiate on the “perils” of minority reservation for the backward castes.

    For the Uttar Pradesh BJP, tense moments preceded the rally. The venue, the Buddha Park that’s slightly away from the city, was sanctioned by the administration at the last moment. This morning, a large number of buses ferrying people from rural Kanpur and neighbouring districts were stopped mid-way for no ostensible reason, sources claimed.

    Finally, it is learnt that BJP president Rajnath Singh requested Samajwadi boss Mulayam Singh Yadav to remove the hurdles. Within moments the place was more than packed.

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    Modi drew a genuinely mammoth crowd, if what one saw on the TV is anything to go by.

    However, it is also a truism that the crowd does not always turn out to be an indication of what the ballot box foretells.

    Much to the disappointment of his detractors, Modi did not say a word on 'Hinduvta' on which the detractors could swoop down as carrion.

    Yet, surprisingly, Modi did take a swipe at SP and BSP. One wonders if he has forgotten that after an election, there is always a need for 'allies', or he is that confident that he will sweep into power single-handedly?

    Given the various polls, that does not seem to be the case.

    It was interesting that Modi drew on the historic importance of Kanpur in the days of 1857 and allegorically suggested that it was time for the Congress to go.

    He used his impoverished beginnings to the hilt and mocked "Shehzada" for photo ops in Dalit homes and stating that 'poverty is a state of mind'.

    The only discordant note to democratic norms was the Govt attempt to stop the crowds from coming by physically preventing them initially, though later the hurdles were removed and the rally swelled.

    But the main issue that is missed - Do rally strength equates into votes?

    That is the million dollar issue.
     
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    Congress tears into NaMo

    New Delhi, Oct. 19: The Congress today claimed Narendra Modi could not be taken seriously as a national leader as he had no understanding of history, had limited ideas of foreign policy, misrepresented facts on growth in Gujarat and did not show basic courtesy to the Prime Minister.

    Although the party has been very critical of Modi’s persona and politics of late, it has so far not come out so strongly against the BJP’s Prime Minister candidate.

    Spokesperson Renuka Chowdhury launched a virulent attack as she replied to Modi’s criticism of the Congress’s top leaders.

    “The way he talks of the Prime Minister… does he know the spelling of dignity? He showed no respect for his seniors in the BJP. Hasn’t kept any one from his family with him…. He has nothing but obsession for chair,” she alleged.

    She claimed Modi was “just fooling people”, had neither knowledge nor vision and spoke from prepared speeches.

    “His concept of foreign policy is scary; muscle-flexing, kill, demolish… does he have any clue about the world? Just shooting Rambo-style. He said every state should have its foreign policy, bizarre ideas. He says nation first. It is not a slogan, he has made a sudden discovery that nation should be first... just fooling people,” she claimed.


    Such a personal attack may not have the sanction of the top leadership but the Congress will have to face the music if its spokesperson crosses the limit maintained in political discourse.

    Many Congress leaders have referred to Modi as “Feku” and questioned the figures he quotes to buttress his lofty claims. But Renuka went a step ahead, saying he misrepresented facts a hundred times a day and “is dreaming too much”.

    Asked why the crowds followed him, she said: “If there is a circus in the town, people go to watch.”

    Commenting on Modi’s claims on safety of citizens, she said: “The hard, cruel truth is nobody feels safe in Gujarat. We know how Vanzara kept Gujarat safe and peaceful. Ask Ishrat Jahan’s family how safe their daughter was in Gujarat.”

    On his mission for a Congress-free India, she said: “He speaks whatever he wants… knows nothing of history, even the Congress role in the freedom struggle…. He says the Congress destroys India… by making such allegations, he is only exposing his stature.”

    Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh too has been attacking Modi, but he has focused on economic indices like per capita debt liability in Gujarat being the highest and reduction in poverty the lowest.

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    The Congress has all rights to take on political opponents and may of them do.

    However, the attacks should be 'believable'.

    Renuka Chaudhri does more damage to the Congress than Modi himself, trying to be more loyal to the King than the King himself!

    While statistics may disprove what Modi claims, it is also true that statistics is like love which is prerogative of the beholder. In fact, statistics is easily manipulated to state the point one wishes to make. It was the same with the debate on the GDP growth whether it was higher during the NDA period or during the UPA's. Selective periods of the tenures gave each as correct, while, on the other hand, it also proved that the figures were wrong and selective.

    The Mani Shankar Aiyer style of look down on people who have not had 'classy' education will surely upset the majority of the electorate since they too have had no 'classy' education. Therefore, Ms Choudri has indicated her naivety and even stupidity by stating - The way he talks of the Prime Minister… does he know the spelling of dignity? .

    And it is fooling to claim that one should respect the PM. Whatever for if he is culpable? The PM is no holy cow. He is accountable to the people and not a Monarch!

    Further, to state that - He showed no respect for his seniors in the BJP - is most hypocritical. The Congress gloated with undisguised glee and went to town when Advani was snubbing Modi, so why these crocodile tears?

    But then Ms Chaudhri, when seen on TV does appear to be drama queen and her cackle of a laugh is most authentically disconcerting to the sophisticated ear!

    Then, what does she mean by - Hasn’t kept any one from his family with him…. Does she expect everyone to be a Deve Gowda to take a Boeing full of relatives on an official foreign trip? In fact, it is actually a plus for any politician to keep his relatives far so that his reputation remains healthy. Indian politics is full of careers tumbling down by the shenanigans of relatives, the latest being 'smiling' jolly good fellow, Pawan Bansal!

    Ms Chaudri must be blind for only the blind could says - She claimed Modi was “just fooling people”, had neither knowledge nor vision and spoke from prepared speeches.

    Modi is possibly the only politician who does not read out speeches, but speak extempore and with total eyeball contact with the audience! That is how a speaker is supposed to address a congregation and not do a monotone by reading a speech rather than delivering it.

    It is unfortunate such rather brain denied spokespersons abound who are acting as the Grim Reaper for the Congress.

    Even a pro Congress newspaper like Telegraph was constrained to comment - Such a personal attack may not have the sanction of the top leadership but the Congress will have to face the music if its spokesperson crosses the limit maintained in political discourse. at Ms Chaudri's uncouth outburst.

    In fact, it does indicate the fear and insecurity that seems to have possessed the Congress party like the cold hand of death!

    A picture in contrast was Yogendra Yadav who in a TV Debate was being buffeted for the AAP putting out their own poll, which was not usually expected of a political party and also for Kejriwal stating that all other polls were paid polls.

    Yogendra admitted that Kejriwal should not have done so, but very politely and with grace put across his point on the polls and why Kejriwal did what he did.

    There would be many who are not AAP supporters, and there would be many who are undecided, and given politics, the winds may change and then when the time came to decide, may feel that it was better to vote for people who have grace and honesty, rather than uncouth, brass and arrogant ignoramuses!

    It is heartbreaking that Congress seems to have lost the plot and moving around directionless and spokesperson acting in a deranged madcap manner as if they have lost their mind.

    It is time to pull up the socks, change these ridiculous spokespersons and bring in people who are articulate and calm and are knowlegeable to educate the voters of the roadmap that the Congress has for them!
     
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    Whatever Narendra Modi is today is entirely due to his inteliigence and capabilities rather than father/grandmother/great grand father etc.

    Moreover he has risen from very humble background - if anyone has the right to play the `poverty card` it is surely Modi !
     
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    Modi Knows what to speak when he goes out to a rally. The following article shows how he claims the attention of his audience and how he is taking his opponents off-guard. Congress has to watch out his moves carefully and has the uphill task of training its top gun to match NaMo!! but it will again be a success for the BJP, as it has made the Congress to follow its lead!!

    How does Modi find the connect wherever he addresses a rally? - Hindustan Times
     
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    I take it that is why he connects with people who rather not connect hearing sob stories experienced by the Gandhis and stating that they knew what is poverty while others did not

    Such stuff reminds me of the fancily dressed ladies advising slum dwellers on the importance of nutrition when they have hardly enough money to have one square meal.

    Good intentions, but appears a bit contrived & saying things that they have to say, but coming out totally as hollow!
     
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    Off topic but why pro congi media house are discussing modi and teams .they should be disscuing rahul about yuraj and his team.

    or they too know disscuing modi and his team would atlest sell their papar while that of yuraj and his team wont
     
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    Actually the pro Congress media is sorely disappointed with the Congress and its misrule that is coming home to roost.

    Even the rampant thieving cannot be pushed under the carpet and a genuine sense of despondency has set in.

    This pro Congress media is making a desperate bid to drive some sense into the Congress to at least ensure that there is no rout.

    NDA may not get the numbers, but then they are aware that the Congress has no hope in hell and so they should shore up.

    Even Renuka Choudri illogical and asinine rant against Modi elicited strong negative comments from the pro Congress media.
     
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    So having known poverty and having risen up to stake on the claim on the country's top job is it playing on?

    Modi knows poverty having sold tea unlike shehzada

    Modi addresses crowds as Mitron (Friends) or Bhaiyon/Behenon (Brothers & Sisters). Can someone tell me what shehzada says?

     
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    But Modi has not had dinner or slept in a Dalit's hut!

    Shehzada has!

    Shehzrada has done a greater sacrifice.

    From an eiderdown mattress imported from Sweden, he slept on a coarse mat!

    From eating fine Italian food, that the rich & famous die for, he had watered dal that tasted as bilge water!

    So don't underestimate the Shehzada's sacrifice!

    Have your ears not rotted hearing of the Nehru Gandhi family's sacrifices stated 24 x 7 by those sycophant Congress spokesmen?

    I have nothing against the Congress, but I am scared that they will lead us to greater ignominy, if the scams and the international disgrace they have brought upon us is not brought under control.

    And there must be so real leadership beyond the wimps and sycophants!
     
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    2014 will be about the future of the stomach

    M.J. Akbar
    20 October 2013, 03:51 AM IST

    The thought is so shocking that we might as well be done with it in the very first sentence: there is good news ahead for both the Congress and the BJP. They should not worry about the coming assembly elections as much as their crumbling eyebrows suggest. The results will have only a marginal effect on the bigger war ahead, for Delhi. Both victory and defeat will seem far less dramatic when the Great Game enters its decisive phase next year. 2013 is not the semi-final that some commentators - addicted to shorthand at the expense of long-form analysis - visualize. The game is the same, but the tournament is different.

    Voters know this. In Uttar Pradesh they call Parliament the "ooperwallah" election and Assemblies the "neecheywallah", or upper and lower. In Haryana the variation is choti parchi and badi parchi (small paper and big paper). On the "small" ballot are written the destinies of Sheila Dikshit, Ashok Gehlot, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Raman Singh and Pu Lalthanhawla. The choice next year will be between Narendra Modi, Rahul Gandhi and some honcho from an amorphous coalition of fiancés who are absolutely determined to get married but only if they get pregnant. This last hobgoblin is sometimes called the Third Front, sometimes the Fourth Front and most often nothing at all.

    The calm thing to do is to wait for December 8, when results will be declared. But since Indian elections are essentially an extension of the festive season, we need all the premature excitement we can get in that variable of astrology, opinion polls. My own suggestion is to concentrate instead on face-reading.

    The prospects of a chief minister, or one in waiting, can be fairly accurately measured on a scowl-o-meter. Tension cannot be long hidden from the omnipresent television camera. Nothing measures the inner self quite like the open face. A politician can read his future in the eyes of his audience; he knows when the light is green or red, and his own face will reflect that colour.

    December will be lost in din. Almost too quickly after those results attention will shift to Telangana and whether it can get majority support in a dying Parliament. The absence of clarity is always an invitation to television apoplexy. If Telangana ebbs the everlasting coal mines scandal will usurp time. Coalgate has become almost yogic. It seems to quieten, and then suddenly levitates on some hitherto unknown spring. You can't keep a good scandal down.

    Rahul Gandhi and Narendra Modi would be well advised to give their vocal chords a good, long rest in December. Anything they say will, in any case, be lost in the undulating hills of uproar. January will begin in the silence of a hangover, but by the second week, the principal noise-house, Parliament, will be a bad memory, and the spotlight will shift to the national debate, which will move without comma or colon till the full stop appears in May.

    The decisive rule in the last game of the five-year political season is simple. No election is won or lost till the last vote is counted. Those who celebrate or despair today should wake up and wash their face. Both are unwarranted. Opinion polls can offer a trend but do not produce a result, particularly in an election where the very meaning of victory and defeat is in dispute. Numbers alone will not suffice. You have to have sufficient numbers in the next Lok Sabha.

    Rule Number 2: no election is a mirror of the past. Previous statistics can be misleading as a base for projection. Leave alone any comparison between 2009 and 2014, the elections in UP and Bihar will be vastly different from the assembly polls that placed present formations in office. Democracy would be comatose, if not dead, if the electorate turned stagnant. For the young, who will determine the next winner, elections are as much about immediate experience as hope about the future. For the middle-aged and the elderly, the next five years may seem like yet another passage on the downhill road towards the end. But for a 20-year-old, the next five years constitute a lifetime precisely because he or she is going to fashion a life within this time.

    Religion or caste may never disappear from India, but they will be box cars at the end of a locomotive whose engine is the economy and whose driver is employment. Onions do not have a religion. The election of 2014 will be about the future of the stomach.

    Rahul Gandhi has indicated what he will do: continue the distributive largesse from the national exchequer. We still have to hear from Modi about his economic policies. Gujarat is a rhetorical asset, but not quite a model for India. When the fog of winter clears, there should be more clarity.
     
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    So if Modi talks about poverty it's 'playing poverty card' but if Rahul baba talks about poverty being a state of mind it's 'concern for the poor'? :rofl:
     
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    That is what is called politics!

    The political party that can 'capture' the media, by means fair or foul, is the one whose views will be favourably commented on, so that it gets the message through to the public.
     
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    Hasn`t modi indicated what his policies are by what he has done in gujarat.

    Now what this men want should God himself come n tell in his ear what Modis policies are
     

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