Modi took a dig Robert Vadra, saying that his wealth had increased from Rs 50 lakh to Rs 300 crores in just 3 years. Modi sarcastically labeled Vadra a 'magician' and said that there was no other such individual that he knew of.
Far from the high-decibel campaigning and 24x7 politicking that are setting the stage for the most interesting contest of the 2014 Lok Sabha election, there are pointers in this temple town that BJP challenger Narendra Modi might not have a cakewalk in the high-profile constituency.
Congress leader Rashid Alvi said on Monday that it was completely unfortunate to see the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) appeal to the majority Hindu community to vote 100% in the ongoing general elections.
Two days after Bihar BJP leader Giriraj Singh threatened to send Narendra Modi’s critics to Pakistan, reports surfaced about the RSS’ appeal to the Hindu community to vote en bloc. Modi’s bête noire and fellow right winger Pravin Togadia has also added to the subtle communal pitch by making a statement against Muslims in Gujarat. Modi’s supporters tell us about how he sidelined Togadia in Gujarat or how he made governance more important than Hindutva, but the fact remains doing the same on a national scale is not going to be the same.
An interesting fact about these constituencies is that since the 1990s, the Congress was not really able to wrest these seats, except Farrukhabad, which current foreign minister Salman Khurshid had won in 1991. The Congress, however, had wrested all three of these in the 2009 Lok Sabha elections, but they appear to be facing a drubbing this time. Moradabad and Bareilly voted on April 17, and Farrukhabad will go to the polls in the next phase on April 24.