Selection of the venue to be addressed by Modi is interesting as Kanpur is represented by three-time MP and central coal minister Shri Prakash Jaiswal. Party sources say six other rallies will be held with Modi at different places in the state in the run up to the Lok Sabha election due next year.
Interestingly, Narendra Modi will address the Kanpur campaign rally from a "vaastu" compliant stage. Read here
Images from the rally:
Narendra Modi, Rajnath Singh and Amit Shah on stage in Kanpur pic.twitter.com/5lDTvGp7Zw— ANI (@ANI_news) October 19, 2013
We do not need to tell anyone what Narendra Bhai has done in Gujarat. Gujarat made a name for good governance, says Rajnath Singh initiating the BJP campaign rally.
Narendra Modi begins his address at Kanpur. Reaches out to the citizens of Kanpur.
Thanks to people of Kanpur for the warm welcome. Join the rally LIVE http://t.co/hnqiK7Onqp— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 19, 2013
Narendra Modi questions the crowd, "Do you want to raise your children with the same difficuties as those you have faced?" Urges them to not let the ruling party to continue fooling them on crucial issues.
Modi raises the issue of rising cost of essetial commodities and accuses Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi for not having said or done anything for the same. He blames it on their pride that does not allow them to take necessary action.
Narendra Modi recalls Birtish history and urges the citizens of Kanpur to once again rise up in rebellion for good governance.
5000 innocent people have been killed in Uttar Pradesh in the past year, yet the government continues with its vote bank politics
Narrates an anecdote and laudes the safety in his state Gujarat. Narendra Modi demands accountability from ruling party has done. However, is visibly irked, by the frequent questions by them, "Gujarat mein kya hua? Narendra Modi ne kya kiya?". He further claims that the people of Guajrat has passed me with a distinction.
"Prime Minister is the number one criminal," says Narendra Modi, referring to the missing Coal file case.
A government should work for the poor and not the rich, claims Modi,
Narendra Modi says can relate to the poor unlike the ruling party who he accuses of being born into the riches. "Congress leaders say there is no such thing as poverty, food is available at Rs 12 per plate, poverty is a 'state of mind'. Those born with a golden spoon, how can they know poverty," says Modi mockingly.
Repeating his concluding statement from the Delhi rally, he says, "The governement has only one religion, which is the nation and the government has only one holy book the Constitution."
In conclusion, he accused the Congress party of not having any co-ordination or order. He says, "The Congress has divided everything it has been a part of. We demand a unifying ideology."
He ended his speech with patriotic salutations of Vande Mataram.
Renuka Chaudhary follows the Narendra Modi rally with a press conference. "Tobah Tobah, kaan pakdo," she mockingly responds to Modi's accusations.
Chaudhary further points out, "What is he telling us about starvation? He (Modi) should look in his backyard (Gujarat) to see starvation."
Salman Khurshid also comments on Narendra Modi's rally. He said, "Would be unfortunate if our foreign policy is influenced by this low level of jingoism." Read full story here.
He heads a desperate party: Salman Khurshid on Narendra Modi pic.twitter.com/8rkGgFIiZJ— ANI (@ANI_news) October 19, 2013
He (Modi) says President Obama borrowed the 'Yes We Can' from him. Get a better speech writer! says Salman Khurshid.
Manish Tewari counters Narendra Modi, asks BJP leaders to declare that they have no black money. Read here
BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi also hit out at the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), accusing them of being "equal partners in the crimes of the Congress-led government at the centre" Read more here