Kanpur, the next campaign ground for Narendra Modi

 

Battle for Uttar Pradesh begins with Kanpur

Tapas Chakraborty, The Telegraph, 21st September, 2013

Narendra Modi will start his Uttar Pradesh campaign from Kanpur next month, holding up the city’s decline as a sign of the UPA’s neglect and targeting Union minister Sriprakash Jaiswal over the coal block controversy. Narendra Modi will start his Uttar Pradesh campaign from Kanpur next month, holding up the city’s decline as a sign of the UPA’s neglect and targeting Union minister Sriprakash Jaiswal over the coal block controversy.

Irony of calling others cowards after expressing a desire to scoot from the country

Muralidhara Khazane, The Hindu, 21st September, 2013

“I have doubts about my own political stand in the past,” said Jnanpith recipient U.R. Ananthamurthy during an interview. Now that his own words have described what is in his mind about the political stand his words against Mr. Narendra Modi should be kept aside and ignored. It is a shame for a Jnanpith recipient to have said that he would leave his country and move abroad if Narendra Modi heads the country.

Surjit Bhalla exposes hypocrisy of the “Apology seeking” Cottage Industry

Surjit Bhalla, The Indian Express, 21st September, 2013

The media, print and TV, Congress and its allies, Nitish Kumar and his band of secularists, civil society, assistant professors at the University of Pennsylvania — the list is long. Their contention — that Modi is communal, as proved by the fact that the bloody Hindu-Muslim Godhra, Gujarat riots of 2002 took place under his stewardship and that he has not apologised for the same. But in his Walk the Talk interview with Shekhar Gupta, just before the May 2004 general elections, Modi stated the following: “That’s why I said in the [Gujarat] assembly that if anybody has to be punished for what happened in Gujarat, it should be me… I am also a human deep down, but just because one incident happened during my governance, I know that I will have to carry the burden for ever… it [the riots] took place when I was in power so I can’t detach myself from it” (IE, republished September 17, 2013, emphasis added). The Sikh 1984 pogrom, under the noses of the Central government led by Sonia Gandhi’s late husband Rajiv Gandhi, was possibly larger in scope, magnitude and despicability than any previous riot, or since, in India. So what is most intriguing is the fact that none of the card-carrying members of CCMS has bothered to ask the Congress party, and its leader Sonia Gandhi, to apologise for the organisation and execution of the Sikh pogrom of 1984.

Is the CBI now the Central Bureau of Innueondo

The Times of India, 21st September, 2013

It is doubtful if the CBI would reopen the case of the sensational killing of former Gujarat home minister Haren Pandya, investigated by it earlier. All the accused in the Pandya case were acquitted by the Gujarat high court. The CBI has challenged the acquittal in the Supreme Court. Pandya’s family had all along claimed a “political conspiracy” behind his killing.

Such enlightened “secular” politics

The Times of India, 21 September, 2013

Two months before the assembly polls, the Congress in Madhya Pradesh is seeing red with the ruling-BJP planning to garner 50,000 Muslims to join the karikarta mahakumbh (workers pilgrimage)” rally to be addressed by Gujarat chief minister and PM candidate Narendra Modi here coming Wednesday. As word spread that a large gathering of Muslims might join the rally, former MP and local Congress leader Gufran Azam called a press conference on Friday morning to claim that the whole exercise is a fake. Majority of that 50,000 crowd will be BJP workers sporting beards and skull caps. BJP women workers will wear ‘burquas’. Not a single Muslim will attend that rally and if they do, it will be out of greed or fear,” he said.